PM Modi lays foundation stone for India's first mobile manufacturing electronics cluster


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of Shri Venkateswara Mobile and Electronics Manufacturing Hub in Tirupati, the country's first mobile manufacturing electronics cluster. Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Nirmala Sitaraman, Governor ESL Narasimhan and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu were present on this occasion.

The Hub is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs within a year and contribute at least 5 per cent of the all-India target of 15 lakh jobs by the year 2019, a press release by Indian Cellular Association had said earlier. Foxconn has already started operations in Andhra Pradesh for manufacturing brands such as Xiomi and Gionee. Other important brands like Micromax, UTL (Karbonn) and Celkon would be starting their manufacturing operations soon, the release further said.

"The previous government has done a lot of such things and a lot of time and energy of this government is going into undoing and setting them right. But I assure Centre's support to both the states and the Government of India will always stand by and support you," said Modi. The Prime Minister said he alongwith Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu will fulfil the dreams and aspirations of Andhra Pradesh and take it to greater heights by expediting the development process.

Modi, who brought soil from Parliament House complex in Delhi and water from Yamuna river to mix with the soil of Amaravati as a symbolic gesture, said the action sends out a message that "Delhi has come to Amaravati". "This symbol has a message and strength that Delhi will always stand and move shoulder to shoulder in Andhra's journey to touch newer heights," he said.Modi said Centre has taken a slew of measures in the area of human resources in the state with emphasis on IIT, IIM, IIIT (Indian Institute of Information Technology), AIIMS, NIT, Indian Institute of Science, education and research, Central and Petroleum University. The talent and brilliance of both the states have the potential to turn them into centres of innovation, he stressed.

Observing that the youth of Andhra Pradesh have made a name for themselves as professionals on foreign shores, he said the youth can take advantage of the Centre's startup initiative. "Be it Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, their soul is Telugu. They are its wings and development and fast progress of both will help enhance the country's image. This land has the biggest potential to benefit from Government of India's StartUp Initiative," he said.

"I am confident that in coming days Andhra Pradesh will lead a new economic revolution in the country which will be known as youth centric economic revolution," he said. In his address, the Chief Minister observed that neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana have revenue generating capital cities and urged the Prime Minister to "hand-hold" Andhra Pradesh till it achieved a level-playing field with others.

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