VENKAIAH NAIDU

  • BJP would come to power in Maharashtra, says Venkaiah Naidu October 6, 2014

    Hyderabad: Regretting that BJP-Shiv Sena alliance could not continue in Maharashtra, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday expressed confidence that his party would come to power on its own in the western state. "I have full confidence that BJP government would be formed in Maharashtra. Our alliance with Shiv...
  • What did Congress do in 60 years to bring back black money, asks Venkaiah Naidu October 6, 2014

    Hyderabad: Taking exception to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's reported attack on NDA government on the issue of black money, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu asked what her party did on the matter when it was in power. "I am putting a straight question to the Congress president. If it is...
  • Nation pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary October 2, 2014

    New Delhi: The nation on Thursday remembered Mahatma Gandhi on his 145th birth anniversary with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders paying floral tributes at his memorial. Vice President Hamid Ansari, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Union Urban Development Minister...
  • Find practical solutions for better urban development: Venkaiah Naidu September 30, 2014

    Jaipur: Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday asked urban bodies to identify challenges and find practical solutions in order to deliver better services to the people. Naidu also laid emphasis on bringing transparency and accountability in the system to improve quality of service. Speaking at the inaugural...
  • Positive change taking place under Modi's leadership: Venkaiah Naidu September 30, 2014

    Hyderabad: The country has seen a turnaround since the Narendra Modi-led BJP government came to power at the Centre, with GDP growth rate rising to 5.6 per cent and other development parameters looking up, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Tuesday. "Change is definitely happening. Development growth rate rose to...
  • 'Clean India' campaign will be people's movement: Venkaiah Naidu September 26, 2014

    Hyderabad: The 'Clean India' campaign to be launched by the Centre on October 2 is envisaged to be a non-political "people's movement", Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday. "Prime Minister's intention is that people should be partners in this and it should be a people's movement. Accordingly, I...
  • Centre to spend Rs 2 lakh crore by 2019 for 'Clean India' September 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The Centre will spend nearly Rs 2 lakh crore in five-year time as part of its ambitious plan to completely clean India by October 2019, coinciding with the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that this after unveiling the logo for...
  • 'Smart cities' to be identified before Budget: Venkaiah Naidu September 22, 2014

    Mumbai: The Centre will start identifying urban areas which can be transformed into "smart cities", before the Budget, Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu said here on Monday. The government is currently holding consultations with all stakeholders including state governments, local bodies and those keen on developing smart cities. "I have held...
  • Venkaiah Naidu wants Delhiites to give 2 hours to cleaning September 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday asked the information and broadcasting ministry and Delhi government to launch a costeffective mass awareness campaign motivating people to give two hours to cleanliness activities in a week. Ahead of the launch of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on October 2 ...
  • Don't shy away from lawful responsibilities: Speaker to builders September 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Saturday asked builders to not shy away from their lawful responsibilities and said they were "lucky" to have a Prime Minister who believes that the underprivileged must get housing within their budget and not as a freebie. "You (builders) should have this sentiment...
  • Arunachal Pradesh seeks three smart cities in the state September 13, 2014

    Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh has requested the Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu to set up three smart cities in the state. The request was made by the state Urban Development Minister Pema Khandu at the National Conference of All Ministers and Secretaries of Urban Development at Vigyan Bhavan in...
  • Singapore proposes 'government to government' cooperation for Andhra Pradesh capital September 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Singapore on Wednesday suggested a 'government to government' model of cooperation in building the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, which is proposed for inclusion in the 100 Smart Cities project. A delegation led by former Prime Minister of Singapore Goh Chok Tong met Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu...
  • Venkaiah Naidu pitches for improving technical education system September 6, 2014

    Vellore: Voicing concern over the condition of technical education in the country, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said that the time has come for upgrading the system both qualitatively and quantitatively as only 15 per cent of engineers were employable. Referring to a report by the National Association...
  • Include 12 Tamil Nadu cities in smart city programme: Jayalalithaa September 5, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Friday urged union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu to include 12 cities in the state under the central government's smart city programme. She also requested Naidu who called on her at the state secretariat to include Srirangam (her assembly constituency) to the list...
  • What's wrong in PM speaking to students: Venkaiah Naidu September 5, 2014

    Chennai: Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday wondered why anyone should object when the prime minister of the nation talks to students. Speaking to reporters here, he queried what is wrong in Prime Minister interacting with the students but said there are "doubting Thomas" in every place. Referring to Prime...
  • Senior party leaders not sidelined, says Venkaiah Naidu August 27, 2014

    Kochi: Union Urban Development and Parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday dismissed reports of senior party leaders being sidelined and said it was a 'generational change'. "Nobody is sidelined. It is a generational change that is taking place. It happens in a family. It...
  • DRDO's biotoilets can help 'Swachh Bharat' mission: Venkaiah Naidu August 25, 2014

    Hyderabad: The biotoilets developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation would bring about "a revolution" in rural areas, and the government had set its sights on ending open defecation in the country, Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu said on Monday. The NDA government was pushing the initiative in a...
  • Mumbai: ColabaBandraSeepz metro work set to get rolling in just 14 months August 25, 2014

    Mumbai: Work on the muchawaited Rs 23,136 crore ColabaBandraSeepz underground metro corridor is set to take off, little over a year after getting nod from the Centre. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will lay the foundation stone for the project tomorrow, paving the way for commencement of work as the...
  • Naidu tried to persuade Maharashtra CM to attend Modi's Nagpur event August 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu had tried to persuade Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to attend Thursday's foundation laying ceremony of Nagpur Metro. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Nagpur Metro project. The event was boycotted by Chavan after he was booed at last Saturday's...
  • Hindu not a religious concept;its a cultural identity: Venkaiah Naidu August 21, 2014

    Hyderabad: Amid a raging debate on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remarks, Union Minister and senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday slammed attempts to create controversies whenever there is a reference to the word "Hindu". "Hindu is a not a religious concept. Hindu is a cultural identity," the Urban Development...
  • Pak says it is committed to having normal ties, India says talk and terror can't go hand and hand August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: As ceasefire violations by Pakistan continue, Pakistan's High Commissioner to India on Thursday said that the country is committed to having normal ties with India. However, the Indian government accused Pakistan of funding terrorists. "Pakistan is committed to having a normal relationship with India on the basis of...
  • Maintenance of each MP flat costs Rs 2.95 lakh a year August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The average annual cost of maintenance of each flat in North and South Avenues meant for Members of Parliament is Rs 2.95 lakh, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. The expenditure incurred per year on the maintenance of the MPs' flats in South and North Avenues per year since...
  • Congress creates uproar over Communal Violence Bill in Lok Sabha, debate likely at 3 PM August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: After the Congress created an uproar in Parliament on Wednesday over the Communal Violence Bill, the debate on it is likely at 3 PM in the Lok Sabha. The Congress has been demanding an immediate discussion on the Bill as it has been deferred repeatedly. Even though Speaker...
  • 22 marks have been deleted from the UPSC examination: Venkaiah Naidu August 7, 2014

    In an interview with CNNIBN, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) member Venkaiah Naidu said that this year some students are raising the issue based on which a section with 22 marks has been deleted from the UPSC examination. "Let the exam be over and then have indepth discussion and formulate a...
  • Parliament struck by monkey, dog menace, Centre assures action July 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Parliament seems to be struck by monkey and dog menace. In a written reply to Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu assured the House that various efforts are being made to tackle monkey and dog menace inside and around Parliament House. Replying to Rajya Sabha MP...
  • Venkaiah Naidu pays a surprise visit to his ministry; finds officials missing July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday made a surprise visit to Nirman Bhawan and found that several officials from the Central Public Works Department were not present at the ministry. Naidu has issued a stern warning to all the missing officials. Naidu also noted that personnel at...
  • Modi government has done commendable work in two months: Venkaiah Naidu July 27, 2014

    Hyderabad: Asserting that the Narendra Modi government has done commendable work since it assumed office two months ago, union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that it was trying to put the country's economy back on rails. He told reporters that the economy was derailed during the UPA's...
  • Congress criticism on LoP issue unfair: Venkaiah Naidu July 27, 2014

    Hyderabad:Accusing Congress of indulging in unfair criticism on the Leader of Opposition (LoP) issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday asserted that the matter is in the purview of the Lok Sabha Speaker. "The LoP issue is not in government's purview. I don't want to comment. But they criticise...
  • Forcefeeding row: Government says it will respond by tomorrow July 24, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Thursday said it will respond on the issue of Shiv Sena MPs forcefeeding a fasting Muslim after ascertaining full facts by Friday. The Congress, Samajwadi Party and Left members raised the issue when Rajya Sabha met for the day saying 24 hours have passed since the...
  • Government demands statement from Manmohan Singh on corrupt judge issue July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after informing Parliament that the PMO under Manmohan Singh had pushed for extension to a judge facing corruption charges, the government on Wednesday demanded that the former Prime Minister should make a "categorical" statement on the controversial matter. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that...