AP CM meets Modi amid reports of strain in ties; seeks central aid

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Jan 2018 11:01:28


Jan 12,


ANDHRA Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, amid reports of strain in ties with the Centre, and sought the latter’s help for fulfilling promises made during the bifurcation of the state.Naidu said Andhra Pradesh continued to depend heavily on agriculture and lagged behind other south Indian states in the services sector. He said the contribution of the services sector to Andhra Pradesh’s Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) in 2016-2017 stood at 46 per cent, whereas it was 64.64 per cent in Karnataka, 62.56 per cent in Telangana, and 56.88 per cent in Tamil Nadu.

It was way behind the all India average of 53.66 per cent, Naidu said, blaming lack of urbanisation for the poor performance of the services sector. He said the contribution of the agriculture sector to Andhra Pradesh’s GSDP was 31.77 per cent, while it was just 15.34 per cent in Telangana, 11.39 per cent in Tamil Nadu, and 11.68 per cent in Karnataka.“Even in terms of per capita income we are the lowest. Due to unscientific bifurcation AP has suffered badly. Whatever we have got so far is not at all sufficient,” he told reporters.