Kovind visits temple town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh

President Ram Nath Kovind today said the proposed Ambedkar Skills and Training Academy in this pilgrim town would be a world-class job-oriented centre that will focus on youth from marginalised communities.
It will train them in skills that will help them get employment in government and private organisations, he said addressing a civic reception hosted for him at the SV Arts College Ground here.
Besides laying the foundation stone for BR Ambedkar Skill Training Academy, he also distributed sanction letters to beneficiaries of the Stand- up India initiative and the Land Purchase Scheme of the Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Castes Co-operative Finance Corporation.
About Stand-Up India, which he described as a very important initiative that provides poor people the chance to become job creators, he noted that entrepreneurship is in the DNA of the society in Andhra Pradesh. “This is the energy of youth that Stand-up India seeks to channelise,” he added.
The Land Purchase Scheme of the Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Castes Co-operative Finance Corporation provides agricultural land to women members of traditionally marginalised communities. It boosts the earning potential of women and gives them a solid economic asset in the form of a land holding. It also empowers them socially and within the family, Mr Kovind said.
The people and history of Andhra Pradesh are a pride for India, he said. “This is a land of great heroes and great achievements. From the Satavahana Empire of ancient times to the leadership of people like T. Prakasam, whom we remember with reverence as Andhra Kesari, this region has given the country so much,” he said.
“In recent times, Andhra Pradesh has been fortunate to have given birth to at least two far-sighted political leaders – the late Chief Minister NT Rama Rao and our former Prime Minister, PV Narasimha Rao. Andhra Pradesh’s social and economic achievements in the past few years mirror the transformation of India. Yet, as we march forward, we must ensure that this is a journey for all – and not just a journey for some,” he added.
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
Earlier in the day, the President visited the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, within which is the Sri Padmavathi Medical College for Women and inaugurated a new hospital building.


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