SHRI J.C. DIVAKAR REDDY: Madam Speaker, thank you very much for giving me this opportunity. … (Interruptions) The entire august House will agree with me that under the dynamic leadership of our hon. Prime Minister the dream of ‘Make in India’ and the objective of our hon. Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh – who always strives to realize the dream of ‘Make in Andhra’ – I hope, the National Industrial and Manufacturing Zones (NIMZs) will, no doubt, be successful in future.… (Interruptions)

            The National Manufacturing Policy contains dispensations to facilitate manufacturing industry in National Investment and Manufacturing Zones and the manufacturing industry in the country as a whole, including enabling the manufacturing units to organise themselves into clusters. … (Interruptions)

            For the financial year 2016-17, Rs. 3.35 crore has been earmarked under the Scheme for Implementation of National Manufacturing Policy, Master Planning of NIMZs and Technology Acquisition and Development Fund. … (Interruptions)

            My first supplementary question to the hon. Minister, through you, Madam Speaker is this. When would these NIMZs see the light of day? As you know Anantapur is part of the proposed Bengaluru-Kurnool Industrial Corridor and CBIC, that is, Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial corridor. Is there any proposal to include Anantapur in the NIMZs? Has any action plan or time frame been fixed for complete implementation of these 22 NIMZs? … (Interruptions)

SHRIMATI NIRMALA SITHARAMAN: Madam Speaker, the hon. Member has asked questions about Anantapur District. … (Interruptions) As it is, we are aware that eight zones under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor are being covered and 14 others, which are outside the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, are dedicated as zones, but there is no new proposal to include a particular district, such as the Member has supported Anantapur. That or others have not been newly added on to the list. … (Interruptions)

SHRI J.C. DIVAKAR REDDY: Madam, Anantapur is a backward district. It is by the side of Bengaluru and nearer to Bengaluru. So, the hon. Minister has to be concerned about the development of Anantapur. … (Interruptions) I would request her to propose one more zone there so that there is an opportunity available to set up industries like textile and agriculture. So, it is my special request to the hon. Minister to try and include Anantapur. … (Interruptions)


HON. SPEAKER: I am sorry.

… (Interruptions)

HON. SPEAKER: The House stands adjourned to meet again at 11.20 a.m.

The Lok Sabha then adjourned till Twenty Minutes past Eleven of the clock.


SHRI J.C. DIVAKAR REDDY: Madam, the respected Minister knows Anantapur very well. … (Interruptions)

HON. SPEAKER: No, I am not allowing anybody.

… (Interruptions)

SHRI J.C. DIVAKAR REDDY: Anantapur is a backward area. It is worse than Jaisalmer District in Rajasthan as industrially and agriculture-wise we are very poor and many people are migrating from there.

HON. SPEAKER: What is your Question?

SHRI J.C. DIVAKAR REDDY: Yes, Madam, I am asking it. They are migrating to Bangalore, Chennai and other places. Day by day, the problem of people migrating from there is increasing, but at the same time we are having a lot of waste land and good land there.

My request is only this, through you, to our hon. Minister. She has recognized Prakasam and Chittoor Districts and two Centres she has given there. My request is that my District is worse than all these Districts. Why do not you give one more Centre for us? The Government will not lose anything whereas it will give a scope for us to develop economically and financially. Please consider my District for it. 

SHRIMATI NIRMALA SITHARAMAN: Madam Speaker, the issue that the hon. Member has raised is definitely very important because Anantapur District is fast becoming a desert. We do recognize that this District has a difficulty because it has to industrially and otherwise provide opportunities for its people. But if the State Government sends us some kind of a proposal, then we may consider it depending on the Department to which it has to go. So, it is up to the State Government to take it up. We will certainly work closely with the State Government on it.

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