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AP Minister Visits Boston On A Goodwill Visit

Nirmala Garimella
07/27/2004

As an advisor to the newly elected Congress Government in Andhra Pradesh, Chavva Chandrasekhar Reddy is probably well suited for this post. His role in the government involves handling economic affairs & policy implementation, foreign investment, information technology and industrial development.

When he speaks, there is no doubt that he articulates the concerns that are facing the people of Andhra very well. “I am here in the US to seek support and investment from the NRI’s and the US Government on the plight of farmers in Andhra Pradesh. You may be aware that there had been a lot of suicides among farmers because of drought and debts. We hope to eliminate all this suffering. Therefore, the priority of this government and its major thrust is Agriculture. Of course, that doesn’t mean that information technology will receive a backseat”, he hastens to add, when I remind me gently of the NRI’s investment and interest in this industry.

To attract such an investment, Mr. Reddy said that the government would go for “Quality Borrowing” by looking for resources that can offer loans with low interest rates and also explore the use of grants for this purpose. To ‘shop properly’ and to make sure that money is properly spent is important. In this connection, he plans to meet the Secretary of Agriculture in the US and ask for assistance in funding for farmers in debt. At Boston, he is lobbying with local leaders and NRI’s whom he called a “Powerhouse”.

Mr Reddy, is an NRI himself from New Jersey and now travels all around the Globe presenting the new face of the AP government. He maintains that he is a ‘farmer at heart’ although he has been an attorney for many years and is now a business man. His company Visu Consultants Limited is a global company with offices in 20 countries. His recent goodwill trips in the US included Chicago, San Jose, Washington, Detroit and the AATA convention. His plea “The NRI success goes back to the roots of their motherland. It is now time to repay their debt to their country”.



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