Naidu Makes No Bones About His Ire Over New Basic Tariff

Hyderabad, January 28: | Updated: Jan 29 2003, 05:30am hrs
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is expected to lodge strong protest against the recent decision of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) to increase the basic telecom service charges from April 1.

Speaking to the press after his return from Davos, where he attended the World Economic Forum summit, Mr Naidu said here on Tuesday, "we are reviewing the Trai decision. If we find it affects the common man we will definitely make a strong protest."

When the private basic telecom operators like Reliance offer the service at a much lower price, the government entity like Bharat Sanchar Nigam should think over and act suitably to ensure that the common man is not affected, he pointed out.

Earlier in the state capital, Telegu Desam Party functionaries have strongly expressed their ire against the telecom regulators decision to hike the basic service charges. "We will take up the issue at the party level and if needed, we will take it up with the Central government," a party leader said.

The chief minister said aircraft manufacturer Boeing, hardware major Sony Corporation, Internet networking major Cisco Systems, business jet manufacturer Bombardier International, e-business major Computer Associates etc have evinced interest in setting up their base in the state capital.

Apart from these multinationals, the chief minister also held encouraging meetings with the heads of PepsiCo International, Coca-Cola, Nestle, Boston Consulting, DuPont, German auto major Volkswagen and US-based Delphi Corporation for investments in biotechnology, food processing, agro-based and automobile industries.

Though he refused to comment whether any concrete proposal had been emerged at these meetings, said most of the companies had agreed to send in their senior officials to the state shortly.

"We are confident of securing some of the investments from major IT and ITES companies as the initial discussions with those companies ended in fruitful note as they showed interest in setting up call centres, BPO centres and designing centres in Hyderabad," Mr Naidu said.