Tuesday, Aug 09, 2022

"Manipulation Is Hard Work"

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu looks back at his seven-and-a-half-year stint as CEO of the state. Excerpts from an interview:

"Manipulation Is Hard Work" P. Anil Kumar

Looking back, what has been your biggest success?
My biggest success has been empowering women. We've been able to organise 4.5 lakh women's outfits and reach out to 60 lakh women. They have been able to mobilise Rs 1,500 crore of revolving funds. It's become one of the best-organised sectors and they are doing a lot of employment generation. My mid-day meal scheme has become a success because of them.

While Hyderabad is flourishing, a recent World Bank report shows that basic civic amenities are not being provided in smaller towns and AP has the country's second-highest number of urban slum-dwellers...
Yes, there is urban poverty. There are more urban poor than rural poor because of migration from the villages. But we are working on this problem.