Unless the State government sends proposals, duly indicating the place, and allocates land, the Centre will not be in a position to sanction institutions such as IIT, IIM, AIIMS as envisaged in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, MP and BJP State president K. Haribabu has said.

Speaking at a meeting organised by the Fly Ash Brick Manufacturers’ Association, he said: “For everything, the State government is stating that funds should come from the Centre. But, unless the proposals are made by the State government, the Centre cannot grant them.”

IT exports

Citing an example, Mr. Haribabu said that the IT SEZs here had to be de-notified to help multinationals come and push up IT exports. When the issue was taken to the notice of the IT Minister by MLA P. Vishnu Kumar Raju, the latter said the whereabouts of the file were not known.

Mr. Haribabu is also of the view that the APIIC has to be revamped. There has to be a change in the mindset of officials too for faster industrialisation.

A plot was given to an entrepreneur from West Bengal, who wanted to invest Rs.50 crore. When he did not pay the amount in time, penalty was levied.

In the meanwhile, the plot was divided into 12 units, and the APIIC officials justified it by stating that it would get more revenue.

“But what will happen to the Rs.50 crore investment?” he asked.

Mr. Haribabu asked the MSME Director, who was present, to improve the visibility of the department in the city, make entrepreneurs aware of its schemes, including ISO and ISI certification, and subsidy, and develop a fly ash brick-making cluster.

FaL-G bricks

Lauding the pioneering work of INSWAREB Director N. Kalidas in making fly ash bricks and getting carbon credits, Mr. Haribabu said he would pursue the proposal submitted to the Rural Development Ministry to use FaL-G bricks to lay maintenance-free rural roads.

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