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US Treasury Secretary lauds State's social, IT initiatives

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Children infected with HIV performing a dance at Freedom Foundation, an NGO which works with HIV/AIDS affected children, during the visit of Mr Paul H. O'Neill, US Treasury Secretary, in Hyderabad, on Thursday.


THE US Secretary of Treasury, Mr Paul O'Neill, expressed appreciation for the Andhra Pradesh Government's e-Governance initiatives, micro credit programme and health initiatives.

On a two-day visit to the State, the Secretary was showcased both urban centres and a rural projects in and around the city.

Mr O'Neill, accompanied by the US Ambassador, Mr Robert Blackwill, was taken around the e-seva centre at Khairatabad, briefed about the project, and thereafter had the taste of how the system works at these citizen services centres. He was provided a driving licence generated at the centre.

On a hectic schedule, the US Secretary visited a micro-credit programme in Shamshabad, and e-seva centre in Khairatabad and the Kallam Anji Reddy Vidyalaya campus of Dr Reddy's Foundation.

"This is a special project. It shows how every human being can succeed in life," he commented after his visit to Dr Reddy's Foundation.

Speaking on the visit of the US delegation, Dr Anji Reddy, Chairman of Dr Reddy's Laboratories said the foundation's activities have gone way beyond expectations.

The most remarkable achievement of the foundation has been its success in developing self-sustainable social development models by forging partnerships between funding organisations, governmental bodies, corporates, business leaders and individuals.

The US team was exposed to an overview of the foundation and its two projects — the Child and Police Project and the Livelihood Advancement Business School Project.

The CAP project's core staff and administrative and operational expenses are funded by Dr Reddy's. This project has also attracted additional resources from USAID-UNDP, specifically for the education of the girl child.

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