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Germany’s Linde Group to invest $200 million in Andhra

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Hyderabad: Germany’s Linde Group plans to invest $200 million in freezing of sea food and adding value to exports in Andhra Pradesh, which tops in fisheries production in India.

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The Linde Group officials, who met Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in Vijayawada on Friday, said that the company also has a base in Gujarat and is looking for a strong base in Andhra Pradesh. “Andhra Pradesh has a long coast and has strong production of sea food. We want to support you in freezing of sea food and add value to exports. We are looking to invest over $200 million,” said Linde Group’s CEO Wolfgang Buchele.

According to a statement from the chief minister’s office, Buchele explained Linde Group’s expertise in cryogenic freezing of food, international gases market and engineering expertise in supporting ole fin plants, natural gas plants and air separation plants, as well as hydrogen and synthesis gas plants. Linde’s executive board member Sanjiv Lamba said that the group is also interested in Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR) and auto components. Lamba said that the company is also interested to set up an air-circulation plant, a lab and an academy that will train the personnel required for supporting food processing.

Explaining the advantages of Andhra Pradesh, Naidu said that the government is planning to make it the logistics hub of southeast Asia. He advised the company officials to send their team to study the agriculture and allied activities in the state and identify business opportunities. The chief minister said that the Linde Group can also work on cold storage facilities in 13 food parks that are coming up across the state.

(IANS)

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Andhra Government to Give Free Smartphones to 1.4 Crore Women

1.4 crore women in Andhra to get free smartphones

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The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to give free smartphones to all members of women’s self-help groups in the state to enable them to avail various government services on digital platform.

The state has around 1.4 crore members in Development of Women and Children in Rural Area (DWCRA) groups, popularly known as the women’s self-help groups.

The phones will have Android operating system and will come with a sim card with required speed, unlimited calls, daily 50 SMSes and 1 GB data.

K. Vijayanand, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, on Wednesday said Andhra Pradesh Technology Service will be the nodal agency for procurement of the phones.

A procurement committee will announce guidelines for the same.

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A technical committee will be framing guidelines to distribute the phones.

The Internet is expected to increase the reach of citizen services being provided by the government. He said the move would help bridging the digital divide.

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The government is providing citizen services under various platforms like E-Pragati, Mee Seva, Yuva Nestam and Real Time Governance. There is also a toll-free number 1100 to lodge complaints.

There are already 900 web-based and 100 mobile applications available to provide various services to the people. (IANS)