20 Nov

Beggars banned, new roads laid, hawk eyes to keep tabs on locals

The stage is set for the three-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit beginning November 27, even as the local administration is facing sharp criticism for their ‘over-enthusiasm’ in clearing the roads off beggars and restricting the movement of people in areas that US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka is scheduled to visit.

A huge buzz has been created with Ivanka set to be the prime attraction at the eighth edition of the conference, which is being held in South Asia for the first time. Ivanka, an advisor to the US President, is leading a business delegation from the US.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among a host of speakers drawn from India and abroad, who will address the audience.

The Telangana government is spending heavily on the city infrastructure that was battered during the recent rains. All the roads that connect to the HICC at the IT hub Madhapur and other major roads are being relaid.

The police are making elaborate security arrangements to ensure the safety of Ivanka Trump, who would stay at the Westin Hotel, located in Raheja Mindspace in Madhapur. The 100-acre IT park is now under a police dragnet.

The conference

Co-hosted by the US Government and the Centre, the GES is an annual gathering of emerging entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders from different countries. The theme for this year’s edition is — Women First, Prosperity for All, “highlighting the critical role women play in fostering global growth and prosperity.”

The list of speakers includes Anuradha Acharya (CEO, Mapmygenome); Ashu Suyash (CEO, Crisil); Chanda Kochhar (CEO, ICICI Bank); Shashi Shekhar Vempati (CEO, Prasar Bharati); Sudhir Sethi (Founder, IDG Ventures India); and Vani Kola (MD, Kalaari Capital).

Criticism

With Ivanka in town for three days and PM Narendra Modi a speaker, security sleuths from the US, Indian and state governments are making elaborate arrangements. Security personnel are attuning themselves to meet requests from the US security officials. Reports suggest that they are insisting on a weapon-less and uniform-less presence of cops responsible for Ivanka’s security.

The civic administration has banned the movement of beggars ahead of the high-profile visit. As Ivanka and a host of guests are scheduled to visit the historic Falaknuma Palace during their conference stay in the city, the police are keeping a close eye on the movement of people in the vicinity.