Information and Technology Minister Palle Raghunatha Reddy on Monday laid the foundation for an IT incubation centre at the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University at Anantapur today.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Reddy informed that the government had sanctioned Rs 12.60 crores for the construction and provision of the infrastructure for an incubation centre at the JNTUA which would be spread over 20,000 sft.
“We have already inaugurated a 50,000 sft incubation centre at Visakhapatnam which today houses more than 200 start-ups. The incubation centres at Tirupati and Kakinada have also been started. Soon, the incubation centre at Anantapur will also start functioning,” said Mr Raghunatha Reddy, flanked by Anantapur MP J.C. Diwakar Reddy, IT advisor to AP government J. Satyanarayana and District Collector Kona Sasidhar.
He also said that the government was aiming at developing an e-literate in every household besides creation of five lakh jobs in the IT sector in five years from the around 23,000 employees currently in Andhra Pradesh.
Moving over to politics, the Minister launched a scathing attack on YSRC president and leader of opposition Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy demanding to know if he had ever raised issues concerning people at large in the Assembly. He also accused the Congress of trying to play with the emotions of people of the State on the issue of special category status .
Mr Diwakar Reddy said that the Congress party leaders should be happy that the people have chosen not to drive them out of the State for the injustice meted out to the State by bifurcation and advised them not to politicise the issue of special category status.
Information and Technology Minister Palle Raghunatha Reddy lays foundation for IT incubation centre at the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Anantapur