B. Chandrashekhar

Point out lack

of readymade manpower in

State during an interaction with Rosaiah

HYDERABAD: Automobile and auto-component manufacturers laid down several conditions to come to Andhra Pradesh during an interaction with Chief Minister K. Rosaiah on the sidelines of the Auto Show South-2010 which he kick-started here on Friday.

Captains of automobile companies, pointing out lack of readymade manpower in the State, made it clear that it was expensive for them to train and absorb people. The Chief Minister suggested them to adopt some technological and industrial institutions across the State and train the students for the purpose.

Some industry leaders insisted upon laying direct power transmission lines to their units and provide power uninterruptedly as the recent track record of Andhra Pradesh in terms of power supply to industrial sector was not so encouraging.

A few suggested to the Chief Minister to invite manufacturers of off-road vehicles like cranes and earthmovers, auto-research and development and auto-software companies.

The meeting assumes significance in the backdrop of the State government's failure to attract any major automobile maker to AP so far. Efforts to bring German auto giant Volkswagen and Malaysian car major Proton turned out to be huge failures. According to sources, the Chief Minister made a determined pitch at the meeting to persuade at least one major automaker to the State.

New models

Mr. Rosaiah was said to have insisted upon the automakers to launch new models of at least two cars and two-wheeler exclusively in the State every year. He was of the view that increase in manufacturing capability of the State, particularly in automobile sector, would have a cascading effect on two-tier and three-tier cities by way of growth of ancillary industries.

A Pune-based auto and components maker was learnt to have expressed interest in setting up a unit in AP. Representatives of Mahindra & Mahindra, Hindustan Motors, Ashok Leyland, Volvo, Hyundai and several others were learnt to have participated.

Presence of all key officials of the Industries Department was indicative of the Chief Minister's resolve to impress the automakers by clarifying their doubts on the spot.