Venkaiah Naidu is credited with ushering in an urban renaissance in the country. It is because of his efforts that the much-delayed Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill was finally cleared by both Houses of Parliament last years after almost eight years.
The former BJP president, who currently holds two portfolios in the Union Cabinet, though is more keen on continuing in active politics, a report in the prominent Telugu daily Eenadu said on Monday morning.
"The main aim of GST, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed as Good and Simple Tax, is to simplify the taxation process, reduce the burden of taxes (which will eventually happen automatically) and ensure compliance of tax payment.
"People are supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking good decisions. People are very happy about the GST. It is unfortunate that Congress, which was instrumental in introducing the Bill, decided to boycott the session for no reason." Naidu told reporters here.
Naidu, the minister for Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, said only fly-by-night operators and habitual tax evaders are opposing the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Naidu claimed that the Congress is objecting to the launch at the Central Hall of Parliament as it has not been able to accept that Narendra Modi has been elected as Prime Minister of India.
On Congress describing the session as "grand self- promoting tamasha", the information and broadcasting minister said "it is a silly, cheap comment" which "need not be replied to in detail".
The urban development minister today reviewed various ongoing projects under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) here.
The scale of housing activity has picked up in the three years of the Narendra Modi government, the minister said while participating in a foundation laying ceremony for 1,09,000 houses under the Yojna in Andhra Pradesh's Vijaywada town.
The approved investment is higher by about 250 per cent over Rs 1.18 lakh crore okayed under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) of the UPA government between 2004 and 2014, he said.
In yet another report card presented today in the Capital, Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation M Venkaiah Naidu highlighted his government's drive on urban transformation.
The three-member panel will consult the regional parties and other stakeholders on an NDA candidate. "The committee's mandate is to consult leaders of all political parties for the presidential poll and try to evolve a consensus," a BJP statement said.
"World economy is slowing down. The US' growth rate is 3 percent. In India, it is around seven plus percent," he said.
Speaking to reporters here, Naidu also dismissed the Congress' demand that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan step down from his post in view of the deaths of five protesting farmers in police firing.
The project will enhance the beauty of the Jaipur city, the Urban Development minister said.
Reviewing programmes of the urban development department here, Naidu also appreciated Das for approving 60,916 applications out of 2.55 lakh houses under PMSAY with GEO tagging of 32,000 houses.
The Urban Development Minister, who held a meeting with the chief minister and senior officials, handed over release order to the tune Rs 1,263 crore for different projects in the state.
Speaking at a function organised by Swarna Bharat Trust, Hyderabad chapter here, the Minister for Information and Broadcasting also said India aims to skill 402 million people by 2022. Of these, at least 110 million workers are required in over 25 select sectors such as textiles, automobiles, construction, banking and retail.
Naidu, the Information and Broadcasting Minister, stated this while assuring his Ministry's support to issues raised by the South Indian Film Chambers of Commerce (SIFCC) at a meeting with him here.
Naidu said the Centre has done whatever it could and now it was for the state governments to take forward its Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) scheme to provide housing to all the poor people in urban areas by 2022.
"Arunachal Pradesh is totally part and parcel of India. China has no business to name any of the district. I don't know why they have taken this step," Naidu, the Information and Broadcasting Minister, told a press conference here.
In the recent panchayat elections in Odisha, the BJP had secured 297 zilla parishad seats while the Congress, the main opposition party, had won just 60 zilla parishad seats.
The Congress was inventing issues to cover up their failures and to prevent the BJP from celebrating its victory, Naidu told reporters here.