Andhra Pradesh IT minister Nara Lokesh seems to have taken a leaf out of the book of his father and chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu in making attractive promises to the people.
While Naidu came to power riding on the slogan: “Jaabu kaavalante, Babu raavali” during the 2014 elections, Lokesh is now promising that his government would facilitate creation of one lakh jobs in the next one year and 10 lakh jobs in the next 10 years in the IT sector alone.
Lokesh on Wednesday inaugurated as many as 16 IT firms in Mangalagiri as part of software industry promotion.
He declared that his government would ensure creation of employment potential for one lakh jobs in the state by next year.
“We are planning to promote IT sector in a big way at Amaravati, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, and Anantapur that would generate 2.5 lakh jobs in the regions and 10 lakh jobs in total in the next 10 years,” he said.
He went on to claim that nearly 24,000 IT jobs had already been created since he took over as the minister nine months ago.
“We promised one lakh jobs by 2019 and I am happy to say that about 25 per cent of it has already been achieved. In Mangalagiri alone, 2,000 people are working in 25 firms which are product-based,” he observed.
Lokesh said the government was aware that Amaravati would be successful only when jobs were created.
“About 30 per cent of IT employees in major cities in India are from AP. So, we are working to create opportunities in our state itself so that they don’t migrate to other states,” he added.