Korea to replicate Naidu’s ‘Happiness Index’ model

Korea is planning to replicate Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s ‘Happiness Index’.

Amaravati: Korea is planning to replicate Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s ‘Happiness Index’. Counsel General of Korea, Hyung Tae Kim, met Naidu in Amaravati and requested him to guide his country in implementing the Happiness Index, which is implemented in the State by Naidu government.

Kim told Naidu that the Korean companies were looking forward for good opportunities for investments in Amaravati. He briefed Naidu that a good number of corporate companies from Korea have shown interest to invest in Andhra Pradesh, particularly in Amaravati, the new capital.

Hyung Tae Kim presented two proposals for investment on behalf of the Korean companies. He suggested that a conference should be held very soon in Andhra Pradesh to bring together companies from Korea to apprise about the opportunities available for investment. Kim mentioned that their companies have units in Chennai and Bangalore and that they are keen on expanding their operations to Amaravati very soon.

The Counsel General has asked the Chief Minister to visit Korea soon.

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Naidu to replicate KCR on fitment

  • AP employees may get 43 per cent 

Hyderabad Feb 9 (NSS): Andhra Pradesh Government has reportedly agreed to offer 43 per cent of fitment to state employees despite poor coffers. However, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has not yet decided about the cut off time for payment of arrears while implementing the recommendations of the Pay Revision Commission (PRC).

A Cabinet Sub Committee apprised Naidu about its meeting with employees association seeking a fitment on par with Telangana where the government offered 43 per cent fitment to its employees. However, Naidu is to decide on the arrears to be given either from June 8, 2014 the day on which he took oath as chief minister or from July 1, 2013.

Naidu during a meeting with secretariat staff recently expressed dissatisfaction about their functioning and asked them to focus on getting more revenues keeping financial constraints in view. Though the government was of the opinion to offer one or two percent more than 43 per cent, it is learnt that it dropped the idea because of its poor financial position.

 The Cabinet sub-committee comprises Finance minister Y Ramakrishnudu, HRD Minister G Srinivasa Rao and Information Minister P Raghunath Reddy. (NSS)

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Andhra Pradesh to Implement CFMS

  • All Payments Online

Hyderabad: As a step towards e-Governance, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu met Finance Department officials to discuss the plan to implement Comprehensive Financial Management System (CFMS).

The CFMS aims at making payment of salaries, expenditure and budget management, disbursement of funds for public welfare schemes and works, debt information and accounts online. This will be implemented on a pilot basis in Guntur and Chitoor districts from this month. In the remaining offices, it will be done in a phased manner by June 2015. The Chief Minister has given a nod to decentralize public finances management.

This means there will be no drawing officers. Currently, the state has 40,850 drawing officers, 280 HODs and establishment staff who are disbursing funds for 5.8 lakh employees and 2.3 lakh pensioners in the state.

The CFMS will rid the government officials of tedious work of manually sending bills to the treasury and waiting for 4-5 days to clear them. According to finance department, the CFMS also includes digitizing the employees’ service register.

In districts, the Chief Minister suggested the appointment of a finance manager under the supervision of the collector. The finance manager will keep an eye on district finances and detect misappropriation of funds.

For instance: If a contractor has been allotted work, video footage of the work will be recorded and his name registered, after which funds would be disbursed.

To train officials in handling the CFMS, employees will be imparted technological skills by experts from NIT and Deloitte.  By next year second quarter, the entire system of payments and disbursements will be online.

Elaborating the benefits of the system, officials said that the CFMS will increase effectiveness of Public  Finances Management, increase accountability of the government, integrate management of public finance, reduce third parties interface, increase substantial savings, update employee census accurately and most importantly, eliminate fraud. (NSS)

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Naidu should apologize, go to Vijayawada

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandraababu Naidu should leave Hyderabad and run his Government from Vijayawada by shifting there, if he cannot rule from Hyderabad, TRS MP from Nizamabad MP K Kavitha said here on Wednesday.

Talking to press persons here after taking membership of the TRS, she demanded an apology from Naidu for his statement insulting Telangana people by comparing Hyderabad to a foreign country.  Ms. Kavitha quoted Mr. Naidu as saying that “ruling Andhra Pradesh from Hyderabad is like ruling from any other foreign country”.

She sought withdrawal of such comments as they hurt the sentiments of   Telangana people. The TRS leader questioned Mr. Naidu’s ethic in claiming to have built a Hitech city and yet comparing it to a foreign country. Naidu should quit Hyderabad and go to Vijayawada if he did not wish to stay here, she said.

The TRS MP also criticized the Mr. Naidu for claiming that the Telugu Desam Party would come to power in both the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in 2019 general elections. “How can the AP Chief Minister say that the TDP will come to power in Telangana”, she asked.

Her comments came at a time when Mr. Naidu has announced plans to shift to the new capital of AP for smooth and easy governance as doing so from Hyderabad was not easy. He reportedly stated this in an interaction with officials when he emphasized the need for shifting immediately to Vijayawada and Guntur. (NSS)

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Whose power is it anyway?

(P Ravi)

Hyderabad, November 11: It was only yesterday that the Telangana assembly became the hot bed for arguments and counter arguments over farmer suicides and power crisis. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and several others including MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi blamed Andhra Pradesh and Chandrababu Naidu for the power problems. KCR also said that AP CM is the cause for Telangana’s problem and that according to the re-organisation law; Telangana should get 53.89% electricity, which is not happening since June 18, this year. AP government is blocking 980 megawatts of power from reaching Telangana state, he added. On the other hand, TDP MLA A Revanth Reddy reeled out figures from SRLDC data to show that TS drew more power than AP. According to the data, for the period from June 8 and November 1, from the total 27,948 MU utilised, Telangana state used 17,150 MU and AP 12,839 MU. Was it an intentional move by KCR to bring up the discussion on power just before the short discussion of farmers’ suicides, so that the opposition will have lesser chance of countering his allegations? If it was, then the move seems to have backfired as Revanth went on and on reeling out data.

Countering the allegations, today, AP finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said blaming AP for power crisis in Telangana was not in the right spirit. He said that when there is a problem, both the governments should sit together and sort out instead of levying accusations. While you say AP is not giving share in power from projects like Jurala, we say that Telangana state is in fact getting a better share. And there are a few projects from which Telangana is not sharing power with AP – he added. “If Telangana gets share in Jurala, then AP should get it from Sileru. TRS should stop trying to gain from stoking controversies. AP Chief Chandrababu Naidu works for the welfare of both the states.”

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