Guntur( Andhra Pradesh), June 11 2014: N Chandrababu Naidu, the closed an Indian state Chief Minister has ever come to being a CEO, returns to power 10 years after he put the then capital of Andhra Pradesh on the world IT map -- it was quickly nicknamed Cyberabad.... that is still the name of a police station in the city
Last week he assumed the Chief Ministershipo of the rediduary state of Andhra Pradesh after it separated from what is now Telengana.
The man who made a power point presentation to Bill Gates -- and persuaded him to set up Microsoft's biggest R&D centre outside the US in Hyderabad; the man who soon became the best known political face of Indian IT, may yet repeat the miracle of Cyberabad in the truncated state he now heads.
Industry organisations haved been quick to hail his return: MAIT, the apex industry body actively representing IT Hardware sector, says “We congratulate Mr. Naidu for steering the TDP to victory and becoming the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Mr. Naidu, known for his forethought on decentralizing development has put the state of Hyderabad on the world map and is known as the patron saint of IT, e-governance, Electronics and Manufacturing. Mr. Naidu has exemplified the use of technology in education, healthcare, infrastructure, financial inclusion and governance, which has paved the way in bolstering the growth of Andhra Pradesh".
“MAIT is confident that the Naidu government would provide an environment that can enable investment promotion and accelerate the growth of domestic manufacturing, providing tax incentives and contemplating the creation of manufacturing corridors across the coastline for the electronics manufacturing industry thereby addressing the issue of resource crunch. We look forward to Mr. Naidu developing AP into an Electronics and Semiconductor Design and Manufacturing hub, the same way he transformed Hyderabad into a lucrative IT destination some years back”.
Says Wikipedia: Naidu was the state's youngest assembly member and youngest minister at 28 and served as the longest chief minister of the state from 1995 to 2004. He unleashed a series of reforms after taking over the reins of state. With a firm conviction, Naidu laid emphasis on the use of modern information technology. Thus, he was instrumental in making Hyderabad one of the IT hubs in India and earned praise from global leaders and media for his public policies and approach to governance.
CNN said at the time: "In just five years, he has turned an impoverished, rural backwater place into India's new information-technology hub" and Time magazine named him South Asian of the Year. Naidu was the West's favourite Indian; Tony Blair and Bill Clinton visited him in Hyderabad, the state capital, and the Governor of Illinois proclaimed Naidu Day in his honour. He was voted IT Indian of the Millennium in a poll by India Today and 20:20 Media
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