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Andhra Pradesh : Economic current affairs

Per capita income growth

The Per capita incomes have shown substantial jump from Rs. 107276 in 2015-16 to Rs.142054 in 2017-18.Thus, every year, on an average, nearly Rs. 12,000 are being added to the per capita, while the average annual increase of State Per Capita during three years before state re-organization was around Rs. 6500 only.

Gross state domestic product ( GSDP)

The GSDP at Current Prices for the year 2017-18 (Advance Estimates at current basic prices is estimated at Rs.8,03,873 crores as against Rs.6,95,491 crores for 2016-17.

As per the Advance Estimates, the GSDP at constant (2011- 12) Prices for the year 2017-18 is estimated at Rs. 6,07,388 crores as against Rs.5,46,104 crores for 2016-17 (FRE) indicating a growth of 11.22 per cent. The corresponding growth rate of GDP of India is 6.6 per cent. The GVA at Constant (2011-12) Basic Prices for the year 2017-18 is estimated at Rs. 5,48,439 crores as against Rs. 4,92,374 crores of 2016-17(FRE), registered a growth rate of 11.39 percent. The sectoral growth rates of GVA of Andhra Pradesh for 2017-18 at constant (2011-12) prices are Agriculture: 17.76%, Industry: 8.49% and Services sector: 9.11%. The Per Capita Income (NSDP) of Andhra Pradesh at current prices increased to Rs.1,42,054 from Rs.1,22,664 in 2016-17 registering a growth of 14.87 percent.

Tax revenue of state

The total Own Tax Revenue was Rs.44,181 Crores in FY 2016-17 and Rs.52,717 Crores in FY 2017-18 (RE). The Sales Tax accounted for 62 percent of the State’s Own Tax Revenue for FY 2017-18 RE. After introduction of GST by Government of India, a provision of Rs.4,426 crores under SGST and Rs.1,000 crores towards Compensation due to loss of Sales Tax for 2017-18 RE. State’s Own Non Tax Revenue was Rs.3,989 Crores in the FY 2016-17 and was Rs.5,347 Crores in FY 2017-18 (RE). Resource flow from the Centre was Rs.49,292 Crores in the FY 2016-17 and was Rs.66,837 Crores in FY 2017-18.

Prices

Consumer Price Indices for Industrial Workers increased by 1.23% and 2.12% in the State and All India level respectively during the period from April, 2017 to Oct, 2017 over the corresponding period of previous year. Wholesale Price Index (WPI) serves as an important determinant in formulation of trade, fiscal and other economic policies by the government. WPI (Base Year 2004-05) for All Commodities increased from 113.2 in Apr 2017 to 115.7 in Dec 2017.

Agriculture

The area under food grains is estimated to be 40.72 lakh hectares in 2017- 18 as against 39.70 lakh hectares in 2016- 17, showing an increase of 2.57%. The total production of food grains in 2017-18 is estimated at 157.59 lakh tonnes while it was 149.16 lakh tonnes in 2016-17 showing an increase of 5.65%. The cropping intensity for the year 2016-17 is 1.25. The number of holdings has increased from 72.16 lakh in 2005-06 to 76.21 lakh in 2010-11.

Soil health cards in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh stood first for the second consecutive year in the country by distributing Soil Health Cards the farmers with soil test based recommendations. State government has achieved saturation in soil testing. Through drone based cloud technology, soil test reports are made available in real time for farmers in the state. During 1st cycle of soil health card scheme 13.48 lakh soil samples were analyzed and 54.28 lakh soil health cards were distributed to the farmers. The 2nd cycle of soil health card scheme i.e from 2017-18 and 2018-19 is under progress.

Horticulture

Andhra Pradesh stands at 1st position in productivity for Chillies, Cocoa, Lime, Oil Palm, Papaya and Tomato, 2nd in Cashew, Mango and Sweet Orange in India. A.P. Ranks 1st in area and production of fruits and spices and 2nd in Micro Irrigation area coverage. 15.92 Lakh Ha. area is under Horticulture with production of 268.57 lakhs MTs.

Livestock and Fisheries

Andhra Pradesh is one of the advanced states for Animal Husbandry sector in the country. Under the most promising sector Livestock Milk, Meat and Egg are the key Growth Engines. Milk is the single largest commodity contributing highest economy to the State.

The State stands 2nd in Egg production (1582.74 Crores – next to TN 1668.82 Cr), 4th in Meat production (6.32 Lakh Metric Tons – next to UP:13.46, Maharashtra:8.45, WB:7.05 Lakh MTs) and 5th in Milk production (121.77 Lakh Metric Tons – next to UP:275.51, Rajasthan:193.57, MP:134.45, Gujarat:127.84 Lakh MTs) in the country during 2016-17.

Fodder is being provided to livestock at the doorsteps of the farmers below poverty line (BPL) with 50% subsidy ensuring fodder security under Kutumba Vikasam. The government endeavours to insulate the farmers from the vagaries of agriculture by focus on livestock sector to ensure that every household has a monthly income not less than Rs.10,000. Improved fodder seed will be supplied 75% subsidy to the farmers to take up largescale fodder production to meet the fodder requirement of high yielding animals.

AP ranks 1st in total fish and shrimp production and contributes more than 70% of cultured shrimp produced in the country. AP is the largest shrimp exporter in the country. Fisheries sector is supporting employment to 14.5 lakh persons and contributing significantly to the State’s economy. The state government has initiated plans to make Andhra Pradesh the ‘Aqua Hub’ of the World. 27.49 lakh tonnes of fish and prawn were produced in the state in 2017-18 (upto December 2017) as against the target of 33.84 lakh tones. Chandranna Bima is being implementing by the Government to cover insurance facility for the people in unorganized sector including fishermen with nominal premium.

 

 

Industrial Infrastructure

The government is committed to use the long coastline and make the state as a logistic hub. New ports are developed through public private partnership (PPP) route and modernize existing minor ports and set up port-based industries along the coastal corridor. Out of 19 operational SEZs, 3 were IT/ITES SEZs, 5 Multi Product SEZs, 4 Pharmaceuticals SEZs, 2 Textile, 2 Leather Products, 1 Building Products, 1 Port based SEZ and 1 Food Processing SEZ.

Commerce and Exports

The Exports from the state for the year 2016-17 have recorded Rs. 80559.87Cr. During the year 2017-18 (upto November 2017), the state has recorded Rs.50404.75 crore. The Major exports from the state are Drugs & Pharmaceuticals, Marine, Agriculture and Agro based products, Handicrafts, Minerals and Mineral products and Software products.

Irrigation

The Government has decided to complete 29 projects on priority and on track to providing early irrigation facilities in the drought prone Rayalaseema and Prakasam districts and backward districts of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram. 1) Polavaram Irrigation Project, 2) BRR Vamsadhara Project (Stage II- Phase II), 3) Sardar Gowthu Latchanna Thotapalli Project, 4) Poola subbaiah Veligonda Project, 5) Gundlakamma Project, 6) GNSS Phase-I & II and 7) HNSS Phase-I & II are some of the projects. Completion of 57 projects (28 Major +18 Medium + 4 Flood Banks + 7 Modernisation), will create 48.433 lakh acres of new ayacut Irrigation Potential under Major, Medium irrigation projects besides stabilization of 24.196 lakh acres.

Roads in Andhra pradesh

The total R&B Road network in the state as on 30.04.2017 was 47,002 Km of roads (excluding NH roads) comprising 15,406 Kms of State Highways, 25,620 Kms of Major district roads and 5,976 Kms of rural roads . There are 32 National Highways in the state covering a length of 6401.39 Km (as on 25th January 2018). The density of National Highways is 12.96 Kms per lakh population (2011) in the State as against national average of 8.30 km and in terms of area coverage, a length of 39.90 Kms is available for every 1,000 Sq. Kms in the State as against national average of 30.50 km. Out of 6401.39 Kms National Highways in the state, a total length of 1897.22 Km is under the control of NHAI for development and 461.56 Kms with PIU, Machilipatnam 4042.61 km with State PWD-NH Wing.

Transport

The State had a registry of 103.58 lakh vehicles. About 78.62% of the vehicles on road are two wheelers, followed by cars, tractor trailers, three wheelers, buses and goods carriage trucks as on 31-9-2017.

The corporation has 4 zones, 12 regions and 128 depots with a total fleet strength of 11,649 buses and 55049 employees on rolls as on October, 2017. The average vehicle productivity per day of its fleet is 369 kms and the Corporation achieved 99.20% fleet utilisation upto October, 2017. APSRTC stands top in physical performance in vehicle productivity and resource utilisation indicators like vehicle utilization, fleet utilisation, average number of passengers transported fuel efficiency, etc.

Airports

The Government has proposed to develop 3 new Greenfield International Airports at Bhogapuram Mandal of Vizianagaram District near Visakhapatnam, Dagadarthi in Nellore and Orvakal in Kurnool. Currently, Visakhapatnam serves flights to Far East and Middle East (one stop). 33% passenger traffic growth rate recorded during FY 2015 & 2016-17 in Visakhapatnam airport. Vijayawada Airport is the second largest Airport and Tirupathi Airport is the third largest Airport in Andhra Pradesh in terms of passenger traffic During FY 2016-17.

Sea Ports

Andhra Pradesh has 974 Kms long coast line with a major Port at Visakhapatnam under Government of India control and 14 notified ports under State Government. Of which, four(4) are captive ports. One port is proposed at Duggarajapatnam in SPSR Nellore district. The State Government declared Kakinada SEZ as a minor port and Meghavaram port in Srikakulam district as minor port for imports of coal, fly ash for the thermal plants.

School Education

Out of the total enrollment of 69.61lakhs, 35.49 lakhs are in I-V classes; 21.00 lakhs in VI-VIII classes, 13.12 lakhs in IX-X classes. Annual average dropout rate at I-V classes (Primary Level), I-VIII (Elementary Level) was 0% and 3.30% at IX-X (Secondary Level). Necessary measures have been taken to retain children into schools.

Under Mid meal scheme 34.57 lakh children were covered during 2017-18, out of which 17.42 lakh are in Primary including NCLP, 10.04 lakh in Upper Primary and 7.11 lakh children in High schools in the state.

Digital Class Room equipment is provided in 2358 schools including about 1500 High schools. e-Hazar project is being implemented in a phased manner in all schools. The Government has introduced a new scheme called ‘Badikosta’ to provide bicycles to IX Class girl students. 1.82 lakh bicycles were distributed to girl students.

Government introduced physical literacy in schools ensuring provision of 6 hours per week for classes 1st to 10th. Yoga, Music, Dance (Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi) are introduced in Schools by Government of A.P as part of the Physical literacy.

For improving learning levels among low performing schools and students in partnership with Isha Foundation, J-PAL and Pratham is taken up in the schools. Isha Foundation is implementing Happy classroom, Magic English and remediation programme for improving learning outcomes among slow learners in 3000 schools in Chittoor district.

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

500 Digital classrooms provided in all 352 KGBVs. In KGBVs the pass percentage for 10th class in March 2017 is 89%.Proposed to introduce Intermediate course in 26 KGBVs in MPC, BiPC, MEC and CEC streams for the year 2018-19.

Mana Vooru Mana Badi (Amma Vodi) (Enrollment Drive of 5+ Age Children) programme is introduced to identify school age 5+ age children and enroll them in the schools with the help of local Anganwadis and other volunteers. “Badipilustondi” programme is also implemented for enrolment of school age children in the schools.

Intermediate Education

There are 449 government junior colleges including 8 government vocational junior colleges besides 128 private Aided Junior Colleges in the state. 27 Vocational courses are also being offered in the field of Engineering & Technology, Agriculture, Home Science, Business & Commerce and Humanities.

Collegiate Education

Higher Education has been identified as a growth engine in the sunrise state of Andhra Pradesh and is pursued in a mission approach for sustaining and promoting quality of education and for providing purposeful education, particularly to students hailing from marginalized sections of the society.

There are 147 Government degree colleges (146 Degree +1 oriental college) and 141Private aided colleges (126 degree +15 oriental) are functioning in the state. The department entered into MoU with TISS-Higher Education to train 30,000 students from 100 GDCs in the modules viz., Communication skills, Financial literacy, Youth leadership, Digital literacy, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Analytical skills, Legal Literacy. CCE introduced 25 marked oriented courses such as Office Management & Secretarial Practice, Journalism & Mass Communication and Web Enabled Technologies, Data Science, Multimedia, Cloud Computing, Internet of things etc. Andhra Pradesh is one of the few States in the entire country that implemented Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) for UG Courses in all Universities in the State.

Technical Education

There are 314 polytechnic institutions in the State with a sanctioned strength of 82238 and 41 Skill Development Centers have been established in Polytechnics across the State. Technical courses that supplement regular Diploma Courses are offered. Proposed to set up 4 Vocational Education & Training Institutions in Government Polytechnics at Anantapur, Tirupati, Guntur and Visakhapatnam respectively to draw students from in and around these Districts.

Health and Family Welfare

Maternal health care, child health care and family welfare services are provided through 7458 Sub-centers, 1147 Primary Health Centers, 193 Community Health Centers, 31 Area Hospitals, 8 District Hospitals, 3 Mother and Child Health Centres and 11 Teaching hospitals. Apart from these, 73 Urban Family Welfare Centers, 48 Post Partum Units and 222 (e)-UPHCs fall under the purview of the State. The estimated Crude Birth rate, Crude Death rate and Infant Mortality Rates for the year, 2016 in the state are 16.4, 6.8 and 34 respectively while it is 20.4, 6.4 and 34 for All India (as per Sample Registration System, bulletin September 2017).

Women Development and Child Welfare

The Department is running 46 Homes for Children and 21 Institutions for Women to cater to the needs of Children and Women in difficult circumstances. 46 Children homes are functioning in the State. About 5.15 Lakh children are attending pre-school education activities in Anganwadi Centres. 257 ICDS projects are functioning in the State. Supplementary Nutrition Programme is implemented in all ICDS Projects covering 48770 Main and 6837 mini AWCs. Balamrutham” is the weaning food introduced under ICDS to provide improved supplementary nutrition to children between 7 months to 3 years. The Government introduced Anna Amrutha Hastam, Gorumuddalu, GiriGorumuddalu schemes in the state.

Tribal Welfare

The tribal population of Andhra Pradesh according to 2011 Census is 27.39 lakh constituting about 5.53% of the total population of the State. Government is keen on providing quality education to ST Students, safe drinking water to all ST habitations, providing connectivity to unconnected villages, electrification of unelectrified ST habitations and Capacity building and Skill up gradation of ST youth.

Four(4) tribal students scaled Mount Everest successfully during May 2017 and awarded Rs.10.00 lakhs per student and 3 are also participated to scale the Mount Everest and awarded Rs.5.00 lakhs per student by Government of Andhra Pradesh. “Araku Valley Instant Coffee” is launched into the market. 1105 persons were benefitted under Giriputrika Kalyana Padhakam scheme in 2017-18.

Rural Water Supply and Sanitation

The main objective of the government is to ensure that by 2022, every rural person is supplied 70 LPCD safe water within their household premises or at a horizontal or vertical distance not more than 50 meters from their household.

There were 2,03,162 bore wells fitted with hand pumps, 33,985 PWS Schemes and 561 CPWS Schemes (including Sri Satya Sai Schemes) existing as on 01.04.2017. 1473 habitations were covered. 275 works were taken up at a cost of Rs.827 crore to cover 2,700 habitations, of which 1,047 habitations are targeted for coverage during 2017-18. 570 habitations are covered duly incurring an expenditure of Rs.260.00 crore under all programmes up to November, 2017. The Government has decided to cover all problematic habitations with safe drinking water through community treatment plants by Hub & Spoke model (clusters) under NTR Sujala Sravanthi scheme.

Housing

Under Weaker Section Housing Programme 59,00,175 houses have been completed up since inception of the scheme in 1993-94 till Dec, 2017 comprising 53,76,663 in rural areas and 5,23,512 in urban areas. APSHCL has taken up 2.00 lakh houses under NTR Rural housing programme dovetailing with MGNREGS. Out of which 1,16,477 Houses were completed by Dec, 2017.

APSHCL has taken up 72,885 lakhs with a unit cost of Rs.2,00,000/- houses under NTR Rural housing (Gramin) programme dovetailing with PMAY-G and MGNREGS with a project cost of Rs.1457.70 crore. Out of which 17,329 Houses were completed by Dec, 2017. 48,058 houses were sanctioned in 2017-18 with a project cost of 961.16 crores.

 

Rural Development

NTR Bharosa has turned public service delivery into a reality- at the door step of the beneficiary with timely and hassle-free delivery of services month on month, at a huge scale of over 45.28 lakh pensioners with an annual outlay of Rs.5878.16 Crores. The CORE (Chief Minister Office Real-time Executive) Dashboard has been developed to monitor pensions closely. 99% of Pensions in the state are Aadhaar authenticated.

MGNREG act is a legal Guarantee of 100 days of wage employment in a financial year to every rural household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. MGNREGS is being implemented in 12,946 Gram Panchayats in 661 Mandals of 13 districts. 84.85 lakh job cards were issued covering 1.74 crore wage seekers since inception of the scheme. 5.47 lakh Srama Shakti Sanghams have been formed with 60 lakh households covering 116 lakh wage seekers.

Andhra Pradesh occupies 2nd place in the country in generating of person days (17. 17 cr.as against the target of 20 crores) with an average wage rate of Rs. 141.4 per day per person as on November 2017 and timely payment of wages. Total expenditure incurred is Rs. 3882.5 Cr. 59.8 lakh wage seekers belonging to 37.2 lakh households were provided wage employment with an average employment of 46.1 days per household. Total number of households which completed 100 days is 2,78,601. Out of these 386 Lakh. person days generated by SCs, 173 lakhs by STs and 845.9 lakhs by BCs. 59.8 lakh wage seekers from 37.24 Lakh Households were provided wage employment.

Employment & Training

There are 79 Govt. ITIs are functioning in the state. 19 ITIs are covered in the fold of Vocational Training Improvement Project. Government ITI Gajuwaka, Visakhapatnam has been selected for Upgradation of one existing ITI as model ITI.

Skill Development

Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation supported progressive institutions, colleges and universities with IT, & other infrastructure to strengthen training delivery and ensure its reach to remote areas 3.28 lakh were trained and 7,693 got placements.

Under DDUGKY programme SEEDAP is the State implementing agency targeted to train 57,966 of which 32033 were trained and 17665 got placements. Under PMKVY 2.0, APSSDC is fixed a target with a state mandate of 64,000 candidates to be trained in a period of 2016 –20.

Estimates of GSDP

The GSDP of Andhra Pradesh at constant (2011-12) Prices for the year 2017-18 (Advance Estimates) is estimated at Rs. 6,07,388 crores as against Rs.5,46,104 crores for 2016-17 (First Revised Estimates) indicating a growth of 11.22% in comparison with the All India GDP growth rate of 6.6% for 2017-18 as per Advance estimates.

is to be noted that the GSDP estimates may undergo revision until the stage of 3rd revision (TRE). Thus in the latest estimates now presented here, the GSDP growth for 2014-15 (TRE) has shown an upward revision to 9.20% from 8.51% previously mentioned (as SRE). However, for the years 2015-16 and 2016-17 the growth rates of GSDP underwent downward revision to 10.60% (from 10.95%) and 11.07% (from 11.61%) respectively.

Agriculture & Allied Sectors

The noteworthy feature of the growth pattern in Agriculture & Allied Sectors is that this key sector which is supporting about 60% of the population is consistently maintaining an ascending trend during the last three years, especially marked by an encouraging growth rate of 17.76% in 2017-18 at Constant (2011-12) Prices with a GVA of Rs. 1,63,635 crores – up from Rs.1,38,957 crore during 2016-17.

Agriculture sub sector despite a defi cit rainfall of (-)13.4% during this year, remarkably bounced back from negative territory after three successive years to post a highly encouraging growth rate of 12.30%. Adoption of technological, innovative and best practices refl ects the impressive growth performance in agriculture.

State’s Own Non Tax Revenue

State’s Own Non Tax Revenue was Rs.3,989 Crores in the FY 2016-17 and was Rs.5,347 Crores in FY 2017-18 (RE). The main contribution towards the State’s Own Non Tax Revenue included the Mines and Mineral, Forests, Education and Other revenue sources. Mines and Minerals contributed 41% towards the State’s Own Non Tax Revenue in the FY 2016-17. The other major receipts are Rural Development Cess, Forest, Education etc.

Central revenue Transfers

flow from the Centre was Rs.49,292 Crores in the FY 2016-17 and was Rs.66,837 Crores in FY 2017-18 (RE). Finance Commission allocation constituted a major portion of this Central Transfers, which was Rs.34,309 Crores in the FY 2016-17 and Rs.36,202 Crores in FY 2017-18.

Revenue and Fiscal Deficits

In the FY 2016-17, Andhra Pradesh faced a Revenue Defi cit of Rs.17,193 Crores and a Fiscal Defi cit of Rs.30,908 Crores. Due to focused and planned management of the FY 2016-17 and at Rs.1,34,551 Crores in FY 2017-18 (RE). The state paid Rs.14,756 crores as interest towards its debts in the FY 2017-18 (RE) wherein it had paid Rs.11,697 Crores towards interest payments in the FY 2016-17. The Debt outstanding as percentage of GSDP was 28.79 percent in FY 2016-17 which came down to 28.40% in FY 2017- 18 (RE). Chart 3.6 shows the composition of outstanding debt in the state for the FY 2017-18.

Kaizala: A messaging and productivity application

Kaizala Application of Microsoft is being used in Civil Supplies department and A.P. State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited by forming different groups of officials including F.P. Shop Dealers for the monitoring of day-to-day activities.

 

 

Chandranna Christmas Kanuka 2017/ Sankranthi Kanuka 2018

Six commodities viz., Redgram Dal (½ Kg), Palmolive Oil (½ Litre), Chana Dal (½ Kg), Jaggery (½ Kg), Wheat Atta (1Kg), Ghee (100 ml) were allotted for distribution to the 1.39 crore BPL families in a carry bag at free of cost as festival special gift pack on the eve of Christmas / Sankranthi festivals. Christian BPL cardholders are allowed to draw their festival special gift pack entitlement well in advance on the eve of Christmas festival, the commodities under Chandranna Christmas / Sankranthi Kanuka are supplied through ePoS devices in a backed form in the presence of Janmabhoomi Committee members.

Market Intervention Scheme

Whenever there is abnormal hike in prices, review of prices of selected essential commodities, their availability and measures to be taken up to control prices and to ensure availability of commodities at affordable prices, is taken up through market intervention by government under the scheme.

Deepam

In the year 1999, the State Government introduced “DEEPAM SCHEME” for providing LPG connections to poor women by bearing the cost of refundable deposit by the State Government on behalf of the beneficiary. AP has attained saturation in LPG connections and on 8th June, 2017, Government of Andhra Pradesh declared the State as “Smoke free State”. Total 54.40 lakh Deepam LPG connections were released from July, 1999 to Dec. 2017.

Chandranna Rythu Kshetralu: Inculcating best management practices

Important crops like Paddy, Pulses, Coarse cereals, Oil seeds and Cotton are cultivated in considerable extent in the state. The production and productivity levels in case of majority of crops are below the possible potential. In order to enhance the productivity of these crops, special programme involving the gross root level functionaries and farmers, Chandranna Rythu Khsetralu-(CRKs) are being conducted on farm demonstrations with latest technological interventions.

D-Krishi – a mobile based DBT solution for distribution of e-Seed& Micro Nutrients

D- Krishi is a unique, simple, sustainable, secure and standard and user friendly mobile based DBT solution offered to farmers. Farmer or any one member of the farmer’s family is the main benefi ciary wherein land records, Aadhar and family database (Ration card) are integrated. Based on the landownership data of the farmer linked to his Aadhar ID, the area of land and associated eligible seed quantity shall be calculated by the system.

Andhra Pradesh Integrated Irrigation And Agriculture Transformation Project (APII & ATP) 

Integrated Irrigation and Agriculture Transformation Project (APII & ATP) funded by World Bank implemented over a period of 6 years is providing benefi ts to 2 lakh farming families covering 1.47 lakh Ha. of Agriculture land in 1,211 tank command areas. The total estimated project cost is Rs. 1,600 Cr.

Prakruti Pilustondi

“Prakruti Pilustondi” awareness programme was held from 01.07.2017 to 04.11.2017 in 19 Saturdays with 13,717 events (like green runs, cycle rallies, trekking, visits to natural forest areas, debates, group discussions, elocutions, seminars, essay writing, quiz competitions on nature and environment etc.) were organised and 10.29 lakh students / public participated and 107.88 lakh seedlings were planted.

Karthika Vanamahostavam

The Government have organized a week-long celebration of “Karathika Vanasamahotsavam”. This auspicious programme started as State function “Karthika Vanasamaraadhana” on Karthika Purnima day i.e., 04- 11-2017 and it is continued up to 11-11-2017. As part of “Karathika Vanasamahotsavam” 954 events were organized, 1.29 lakh students / public participated and 1.66 lakh no.of saplings planted.

Andhra govt joins hands with US firm, announces $1 million global challenge for startups  

The Andhra Pradesh government in association with a US-based innovation platform for enterprises, founded by an Indian IT veteran, has announced a $1 million global challenge for startups to showcase their products and solutions in the fields of agriculture, emerging technology and Fintech.

Bonds for new Andhra capital Amaravati listed on BSE  

Bonds for development of new Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravati were listed on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday.

‘Amaravati Bonds 2018’ worth Rs 2,000 crore were issued by Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA). The issue rec eived an oversubscription by 1.53 times.

Alibaba Cloud Inks Pact With AP Government

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud services arm of the Alibaba Group, has signed a deal with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) to offer cloud computing solutions to the state government.

This MoU was signed by J Krishna Kishore, Chief Executive Office, APEDB and Vivek Gupta, Director – Business Development, Alibaba Cloud India in the presence of Alex Li, General Manager, Alibaba Cloud India and N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

Revamping public grievance redressal system : MeeKosam

The Government had directed to revamp the existing system and design a new integrated Public Grievance Redressal System. Under the proposed system, all the grievance petitions received at the CMO/Secy./HoDs/ District Collectorates, District level and Mandal level Offi ces would be registered, tracked and redressed on a common platform, linked to the Aadhaar No. of the petitioner to ensure proper accountability. MeeKosam system receives all the grievance petitions through the new Grievance Redressal System named as “MeeKosam” from 43 departments of our state. Meekosam live portal (www. meekosam.ap.gov.in) was launched by the Hon’ble CM on 26.05.2015 for remaining districts in AP.

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