Over 400 members representing Vijayawada IT Association took out a rally from Benz Circle to the Police Control Room and later submitted a memorandum to Sub-Collector D. Hari Chandana highlighting the ill effects of bifurcation of the State. During their rally, they also formed a human chain at every traffic signal to address the people on the negative affects of bifurcation.

The members comprised hardware dealers, retailers and computer hardware engineers. Association president D. Sivaramakrisha said that the IT professionals and the budding software and hardware engineers will be badly hit in the event of bifurcation.

“The IT hub is in Hyderabad and young professionals from Andhra region will not get jobs in Hyderabad if the State is bifurcated,” he said. Mr. Sivaramakrishna pointed out that the hardware business in the Andhra region would suffer badly.

“Since 90 per cent of the software business is located in Hyderabad, all hardware companies are also based there. Now for every purchase that we make from Hyderabad we will have to be pay an additional CST of 5 per cent and VAT of 5 per cent. Thus the price of every component will be on the higher side in the Seemandhra region,” he pointed out.