The second batch of Andhra Pradesh farmers who parted with their lands voluntarily for the construction of the capital city of Amravati have arrived in Singapore. They are at the island nation for learning the intricacies of entrepreneurship and how Singapore transformed from a small fishing enclave into an economic powerhouse.
Earlier, N Chinarajappa, Deputy Chief Minister, flagged off the bus carrying the farmers to the Shemshabad airport in Hyderabad from where they boarded a flight for Singapore.
The Deputy Chief Minister said, “The government had selected 123 farmers of the region, who parted with their lands for Amaravati construction, to send to Singapore for a study tour. In the first batch 34 farmers were sent to Singapore on October 31, 2017. And in the second batch, 34 more farmers were being sent to Singapore now to study the development of the Singapore.”
The Andhra Pradesh government also tweeted about the farmers going to Singapore.
Notably, Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, flagged off the first batch of the farmers going to Singapore on October 31. He said that farmers deserved full appreciation for reposing confidence in him and taking the bold step of giving their lands for which they were aptly rewarded in the form of developed residential and commercial plots and monetary benefits.
He added that farmers should become entrepreneurs, learning from Singapore. Global consultant McKinsey and Company has been roped in to guide the farmers in improving their living standards by grabbing the opportunities that were set to come their way as Amravati develops into a world-class city.
Municipal Administration minister P Narayana said the government would bear the transport and other expenses of the farmers. MLA Shrevan Kumar and other officials were also present on the occasion.