Andhra Pradesh 1999

On the first of November 1956, the state of Andhra Pradesh was formed purely on the basis of Telugu nationality. It is the single most important event in the recent history of not only Telugus, but also the rest of Indians. But it didnít happen without sacrifice. Sriramulu Potti began his fast unto death on 19th of October 1952 at Chennai and died after 56 days on the night of 15th of December 1952. That sacrifice resulted in the formation of the Andhra State on 1st October 1953. A States Reorganization Commission (SRC) set up by the Union Government in 1953 recommended the disintegration of Hyderabad State and suggested the incorporation of Telangana part into Andhra. Thus the present State of Andhra Pradesh came into existence, opening a new chapter in the Telugu history and also the history of the Indian Continent. This was a remarkable event considering the fact that in Europe and Africa the borders of national states are drawn by wars even today, where as in India they were drawn by peaceful means following the tradition of non-violence propounded by Buddha and Gandhi. Andhra Pradesh is the fifth largest state in area and population (~80 million, latest estimate) in the Indian Union.

Today, Andhra Pradesh became the first State in the country to move towards electronic governance with the launching of the A P State Wide Area Network, the A P Secretariat Campus Network and the A P State-Wide Video conferencing facility by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu . These hi-tech facilities connect all the 23 district headquarters with the State Capital. This is a giant step forward to bridge the communication gap and to cut down distances to provide efficient administration in an effort to serve the people in a better way in the coming millennium. For the first time in the country, e-mail facility would be provided to Secretariat employees and Internet facility would be given to designated officials.

Many Happy Returns of the Day to Andhra Pradesh!

Sreenivasarao Vepachedu, 11/01/1999

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