24-25 .12.17 Andhra Pradesh (APPSC) Daily Current Affairs

ANDHRA PRADESH

 

  • Post free sand policy, focus shifts to alternative revenue sources

 

  • Andhra Pradesh is the first State to supply sand free of cost to the people. The policy, which was announced one year ago, has its impact on the revenue front.

 

  • The government has, therefore, turned its attention to alternative sources of revenue such as limestone, a raw material for the cement industry. It has laid emphasis on taking the MoUs signed during the Partnership Summit in Visakhapatnam to their logical conclusion.

 

  • Increasing the seigniorage fee for 17 minor  minerals, rationalisation of seigniorage fee for 31 newly-added minor minerals, enhancement of application fee, and introduction of security deposit to avoid blocking of huge extents by the applicants were a few other initiatives taken to augment the revenues.

 

  • The department has introduced a series of measures such as launching the ‘mana sand’ App, constitution of district-level committees, monitoring of sand-related activities real time, and opting for GPS tagging. The government may be losing ₹550 crore due to the free sand policy, but has brought down the cost of construction significantly.  

     

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