Ensure all-round growth: A.P. Governor

HYDERABAD, FEB. 15. The Governor, C. Rangarajan, today emphasised the need to move forward into the second generation of reforms with the sole objective of reducing poverty and ensuring all-round growth.

Addressing the Assembly on the opening day of the budget session, he said that his Government was alive to the challenges posed by liberalisation and technological obsolescence and about the need to adapt to the changes through reforms in the areas of trade, labour laws and infrastructure development.

In his speech, punctuated by applause from Treasury benches and sneers from the Opposition, the Governor listed out the Government's priorities. His observation that availability of power at reasonable price was a critical requirement for economic development drew the strongest jeers in view of the proposed power tariff hike and the 30-second-long power failure in the House.

The Government was keen to make school education till Class X compulsory. It was launching a massive programme to set up primary, upper primary and high schools on an `unprecedented scale' apart from promoting vocational courses in higher education.

He said five Agri-Export Zones were being established in the State where farmers and food processors would get guidance and support. As in Hyderabad, there was potential for investment in the biotechnology sector in Visakhapatnam where a Special Economic Zone was being set up, he added.

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