MEA nod to Andhra Pradesh 15 people delegation for Davos meet from Jan 20
The Centre has given political clearance to a delegation proposed by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu for participation at the upcoming World Economic Forum meeting in Switzerland's Davos, official sources said Friday.
Earlier sources in the Andhra Pradesh government claimed that the Centre had asked them to prune the size of the delegation to be led by Naidu. Political clearance for the entire delegation as proposed by Naidu has been given, central government sources said, adding this has also been communicated to the CM's Office. Sources in the Andhra government had said that the Centre wanted the duration of the trip scheduled later this month to be limited to four days and not seven as proposed.
State Information Technology Minister Nara Lokesh had criticised the Centre and alleged that it was an attempt to "sabotage" Naidu's Davos trip.
The Andhra government had forwarded a list of 15 people to the Centre for participating at the WEF's 49th annual meeting from January 20 to 26 and sought the mandatory political clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), state government officials said.
The delegation includes state Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Lokesh, six IAS officers and six other officers, including the chief minister's two chief security officers. The entire expenditure of the trip is to be borne by the state government.
Last year, the state delegation comprised 12 members headed by the chief minister and the outcome anticipated from that visit was mentioned as negotiations. "Does bringing investments to AP not mean bringing investments to India? Why is the @narendramodi Govt harassing AP Govt so much," Lokesh had asked in a series of tweets?
What wrong have the Telugu people done to deserve this, he wondered. Naidu's annual Davos trips have become a subject of controversy in the political circles in Andhra Pradesh.
(With inputs from agencies.)