AP has progressed despite setbacks, says Rosaiah

Hyderabad, August 15: Andhra Pradesh has moved ahead on the path of progress despite facing numerous challenges like severe floods and separate statehood agitation during the past year, Chief Minister K Rosaiah said today.

“Just 17 days after we celebrated the Independence Day last year, Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy died in a chopper crash. Before we could recover from the massive tragedy, we had massive floods. At the same time, there was severe drought in many areas,” he said.

“Due to the global economic slowdown, thousands became jobless in IT sector. This reflected in price rise too,” he said in his Independence Day address at Parade grounds here.

The state exchequer came under tremendous pressure as revenue collections fell drastically due to the floods, famine and “regional agitation” that lasted for four months, he said.