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FBV lodges complaint against VANPIC website

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It protests against display of Kashmir, Arunachal in an ‘objectionable manner'


VISAKHAPATNAM: Forum for Better Visakha (FBV) convener E.A.S. Sarma on Tuesday took strong exception to the display of Kashmir and Arunchal Pradesh on the website in an objectionable manner. In a complaint emailed to the Prime Minister, Mr. Sarma enclosed a snapshot of VANPIC's website taken on Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. The website displayed the map of India with Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh shown in light grey, suggesting a dispute about India's sovereignty over those areas. “It is anti-national and those responsible need to be prosecuted,” he said.

JV partner

Mr. Sarma said the Andhra Pradesh Government was a joint venture partner of VANPIC and they too were a party to this misdeed. The concerned officials need to be identified and brought to book.

He said one gets the impression that Ras al Khaima, the foreign partner of VANPIC, might have also been responsible for this serious infringement of the statute. Ras al Khaima is a partner in many other mega projects given away in the State to private parties in violation of the AP Infrastructure Investment Enabling Act of 2001, without going through the competitive bidding route. The reason for this and its link to this erroneous map should be investigated, the former IAS officer opined.

Hoping that there would not be further delay in taking action on the serious lapse, he said expecting swift action, he had brought the development to the notice of the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister.

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