Andhra Pradesh Magazine English June 2016 - Page 8

2nd Anniversary Development is a long and harsh process, and its fruits take time to reach the poor and the underprivileged. A welfare approach, thus, has become part and parcel of the CM's philosophy to reach out to the needy. As a result, Andhra Pradesh has come up with one of the most comprehensive welfare schemes in the country, costing the exchequer huge money. 8 About Rs 6 lakh crore worth proposals for investment during the CII Partnership Summit and the launch of the assembly lines of a host of bigticket companies like Foxconn, Xiaomi , Mondelez and Pepsi became possible due to a series of well-coordinated reforms in the administration. Andhra Pradesh ranking a close second among states as the most business friendly state in the World Bank rankings was no fluke either. From ports to airports, from tourism to smart cities, from farm sector to women welfare the Chief Minister did not leave anything uncovered from his attention during these two years. Recent agricultural downturn is especially an issue of utmost concern for him. In an effort to make agriculture profitable, the CM came up with a slew of initiatives including energy efficient pump sets and encouragement to organic farming. In fact, Andhra Pradesh is ahead of many other States in investments in irrigation sector, according to a study conducted by the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). The Chief Minister is passionate about employment generation, skill development and a knowledge-based smart society. The establishment of more than a dozen premier central institutes including IIM, Visakhapatnam and IISER, Tirupati, during the last two years is a fulfillment of a part of the dream. A clutch of reforms including passing law for permitting foreign universities and the many skill development initiatives unveiled in the education sector are already yielding results, as the State emerged as number one in employability, according to the India Skills Report 2016. Urban infrastructure has received major focus in these last two years. The Government of Andhra Pradesh inked an MoU with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), entrusting Visakhapatnam and Vijaywada Metro Rail Project to them. The DPRs for both Visakhapatnam Metro Rail and Vijayawada Metro Rail are ready. The CM has been investing so much in Swachch Bharath campaign that Andhra Pradesh could become the first state in the country to make all its urban areas 'Open Defecation Free' by October 2, marking two years of the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission. *** Development is a long and harsh process, and its fruits take time to reach the poor and the underprivileged. A welfare approach, thus, has become part and parcel of the CM's philosophy to reach out to the needy. As a result, Andhra Pradesh has come up with one of the most comprehensive welfare schemes in the country, costing the exchequer huge money. Debt redemption was a promise made by the ruling party; hence despite the tight budget constraints, as much as Rs 19,669 crore was released to help 46.82 lakh farmers come out of debt. Likewise, pensions of all varieties - old age, physically challenged and widows - have been increased five-fold, with the government disbursing nearly Rs 6,000 crore a year, probably the highest in the country. Pro-active policies in the health sector have resulted in institutional deliveries increasing from 94.9 percent in 2012-13 to 98.3 in 2015-16 ANDHRAPRADESHMAGAZINE.ORG JUNE 2016