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"Manipulation Is Hard Work"

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu looks back at his seven-and-a-half-year stint as CEO of the state. Excerpts from an interview:

P. Anil Kumar
"Manipulation Is Hard Work"
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While Hyderabad is flourishing, a recent World Bank report shows that basic civic amenities are not being provided in smaller towns and AP has the country's second-highest number of urban slum-dwellers...
Yes, there is urban poverty. There are more urban poor than rural poor because of migration from the villages. But we are working on this problem.

Your blueprint for Andhra's economic revival is based on the Southeast Asian model in which FDI is vital to boosting export-oriented manufacturing industries. But FDI is shrinking everywhere. What now?
Everywhere there is only one mantra—economic reforms with a human face. What is reform? It is improving efficiency, whether it's labour reforms, administrative reforms or municipal reforms. If you look at the Hyderabad municipal corporation, establishment cost that was once 48 per cent has dropped to 20 per cent. We are saving money, which we are spending on building capital assets.

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