Chiranjeevi as Statesman
Chiranjeevi served the nation as the Union Minister of State for Tourism with independent charge from 27 October 2012 – 26 May 2014. During his tenure he unveiled several initiatives not only for the promotion of tourism across the length and breadth of the country but also numerous improvements in the beauracratic processes to ease travel procedures. He initiated a series of collaborative efforts with the Home Ministry and the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Chiranjeevi founded his political party ‘Praja Rajyam’ on the 26th August 2008. The party was created with the vision of social justice and to ensure equal opportunities to all sections of the society. In accordance with this vision, PRP became the first ever political party to have allocated hundred assembly seats to backward caste candidates. Within nine months his party went to win 18% of the vote share in Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections and his candidates won in 18 assembly seats. He was elected to Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Tirupati in the year 2009.
On 2nd September 2010, the sudden demise of then Chief Minister YS Rajashekar Reddy in a tragic helicopter crash, threw the state into a huge turmoil and political uncertainty. To ensure a stable government and effective governance, Chiranjeevi announced the merger of Praja Rajyam party with Congress on 6th February 2011. In the year 2012 he became Member of Parliament of the Upper House (Rajya Sabha) and served as a parliamentarian for six years.
Buddhist Tourism and other Spiritual Tourism Circuits identification initiated by Shri. Dr. K. Chiranjeevi by appointing a National Level Consultant (NLC) for detailed action plan.
Chiranjeevi enabled setting up of the Southern Zonal Tourism Council (SZTC) comprising the States of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
Union Tourism Minister Shri K Chiranjeevi Welcomeed Exclusion of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland from the Protected area Regime for a Further Period of One Year as it will enable tourism growth in north east.
Union Tourism Minister Shri K Chiranjeevi held talks with Mr. Maxime Bernier, Minister of Tourism, Canada to strengthen cooperation in tourism sector especially in the field of human resource development, exchange of tour operators, investment in the tourism sector and exchange of information related to tourism sector.
Union Minister for Tourism Shri K Chiranjeevi called on Dr. Khampheng Saysompheng, Governor of Luang Prabang province of Lao PDR at Luang Prabang city to increase tourism cooperation.
Chiranjeevi initiates disccussions with Japanese Senior Vice-Minister of Tourism, Mr. Hiroshi Kajiyama for possibility of signing an agreement/MoU between India and Japan to develop tourism.
Tourism Minister Urged Chidambaram for more Allocation to Tourism Ministryas tourism generates more than 6% of the GDP of the country, more than 10% of organised employment in the country and roughly US$18 million in foreign exchange.
Chiranjeevi addressed a gathering of tour operators at International Tourism Bourse at Berlin, Germany today and thanked them for supporting his departments efforts which resulted in increase of german tourists from 1,91,616, in 2009 to 2,40,235 in the year 2011.
Chiranjeevi informed Parliament that the Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism in India grew from ₹45,524 crore in 2007-08 to ₹83,607 crore (provisional) in 2011–12 at a CAGR of 16.41%, during the 11th Five Year Plan.
Union Minister for Tourism Shri Chiranjeevi has increased Indian Tourism Promotion through print, electronic, online and outdoor media campaigns in the international and domestic markets
Union Tourism Minister Shri K Chiranjeevi today announced a major initiative to bring in transparency in granting approvals for hotel projects and classification status to functioning hotels.
Union Tourism Minister Shri K. Chiranjeevi has said that Planning Commission of India has made budget allocation of Rs.1282.00 crore for the Ministry of Tourism for the year 2013-14.
Union Tourism Minister Shri K. Chiranjeevi approved Central Finance Assistance (CFA) to the tune of Rs. 45.88 crore for the development of Vishakapatnam- Bheemunipatnam Beach Corridor Mega Circuit in Andhra Pradesh.
Union Tourism Minister Shri K. Chiranjeevi inaugurated United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Conference on sustainable tourism development at Hyderabad and highlighted how the economic growth
The Secretary General of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Mr. Taleb Rifai accompanied by Union Tourism Minister Shri K.Chiranjeevi handed over an “Open Letter” to Vice President Shri M.Hamid Ansari
Joint efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is consequent to their entering into a Memorandum of Understanding to promote Cinema of India as a sub brand of “Incredible India” at various international film festivals
Tourism Minister Chiranjeevi Donates Rs.One Crore to Flood Victims of Uttarakhand from his Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund and his one month’s salary for the victims.
Shri K. Chiranjeevi, Union Minister of Tourism announced the launch of a new campaign to publicise the tourism potential of the Himalayas and promote this incredible tourist product internationally.
At the initiative of Ministry of Tourism under the aegis of Dr.K.Chiranjeevi , Archeological survey of India (ASI) has agreed to the proposal of ONGC for adopting six monuments under Campaign Clean India.
Union Minister of State for Tourism Dr.K.Chiranjeevi, announced Rs. 5 lakh in his personal capacity to the British activist Ms.Jodie Underhill in recognition of her yeomen service to the cause of Uttarakhand flood tragedy relief.
K.Chiranjeevi, Union Tourism Minister announced on the occasion of the start of the 61st Nehru boat Race in Alappuzha that the State Govt. Of Kerala will contribute Rs.17.50 Lakhs for the Annual event while Union Tourism Ministry will contribute a matching amount.
Japanese support for Buddhist Tourist Desinations was lauded by Chiranjeevi at a meeting between the visiting Japanese Senior Vice Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Mr. Hiroshi Kajiyama
Minister for Tourism Shri Chiranjeevi welcomed the decision of Ministry of Finance regarding inclusion of Hotels and Convention Centres in the Harmonized Master List of Infrastructure Sub- Sectors.