AP registers 5 percent more growth than All India rate: CM
Vijayawada: “Andhra Pradesh has registered 5 percent more growth than the all India growth rate, in spite of issues related to bifurcation,” Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said.
At a meeting on Thursday with principal secretaries, secretaries and heads of various departments at the Velagapudi Secretariat, the Chief Minister discussed the achievements of the first half of 2016-17. A detailed roadmap was laid to achieve targeted growth rate of 15.28%. The target set for the first half of 2016-17 was 16.42% but due to insufficient rainfall and other bifurcation issues, the State has achieved 12.23% growth rate, said the Chief Minister. He directed the officials to come up with implementable action plans to achieve a growth rate of 14.41 per cent in the second half of 2016-17.
The Chief Minister congratulated the Energy Department on their outstanding performance. Stating that the department stood first in the power sector, he appealed to the other departments to take a cue from the Energy Department. Due to various water conservation activities like Neeru Chettu, Panta Sanjeevani taken up during the last few months, agriculture has shown an impressive growth, Chandrababu said. He added if those activities are carried out without interruptions, high growth rate can be achieved in agriculture and allied sectors. An interesting fact the CM mentioned was though the aqua sector was provided lesser budgetary allocation, it registered an impressive growth and this should be an inspiration for others and the same example should be followed to make Andhra Pradesh a leading state in aqua production, he said.
The Chief Minister laid down 15 key principles for Kutumba Vikasam, 10 for Samaja Vikasam and 17 other goals for sustainable development. “All of these should be understood and kept in mind while performing your duties”, the Chief Minister advised the officials.
“My aim is to provide 10 thousand rupees per month as income to every family and our civil services department should be the best in the world,” added the Chief Minister. He said thousands of families got benefited from the recently held land regularization scheme in Visakhapatnam and mentioned that he was happy to see many families in a joy-filled mode and suggested that other programmes and schemes should be implemented in a similar manner. “Our priority is to make each and every person happy in the State and we should work towards it,” he added.
He also mentioned that the various ongoing construction projects in the State are providing opportunities for employment. Projects such as Polavaram, irrigation, capital construction, housing, cement concrete road construction will need a large number of workers and this will surely be a good opportunity to be grabbed. In order to achieve the desired growth rate, the Chief Minister said that industrial projects which are in pipeline should be grounded immediately and focus must be laid on giving a boost for promoting milk production. Besides, the Chief Minister suggested that selling of red sanders was another way of increasing GAV under forest sector and giving a fillip to tourism sector’s development should also be seen as a growth generator. -NSS