Stating that the Centre was committed to the development of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said that thrust would be on industrial development in the two states.

“With the formation of Telangana state, scope for creating employment opportunities for the local youth has increased. We need to provide necessary training for skill development,” she said.

Sitharaman was accorded a warm reception and felicitated by BJP cadres on her maiden visit to the city after taking charge as Union Minister last month.

Talking to reporters at the party office later, she said that emphasis would be on promoting food processing industries in the new state, which came into existence on June 2.

“Our policies will be guided by our election manifesto,” she said, adding that the Centre would take steps to bring back black money stashed in foreign countries.

Expressing concern over the growing atrocities on women, Sitharaman said that the Government would take effective steps to curb them.

BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya, MLAs and other party leaders were present at the felicitation function.

Sitharaman will attend the swearing-in ceremony of N Chandrababu Naidu as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister at Nagarjuna Nagar, Guntur district, tomorrow.

(This article was published on June 7, 2014)
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