Andhra Pradesh CM Kiran Kumar Reddy's one year rule and the new welfare schemes at a glance
Friday, November 25, 2011
Andhra Pradesh CM Kiran Kumar Reddy's one year rule and the new welfare schemes at a glance

Hyderabad: Sri.Kiran Kumar Reddy's one year rule and the new welfare schemes at a glance The Chief Minister Mr.N.Kiran Kumar Reddy during his one year rule has introduced a number of schemes for the welfare of the people, particularly the poorest of the poor and SCs, STs BCs, Minorities and women.
The Chief Minister has been taking steps to ensure speedy and comprehensive development of the state by bringing in a transparent, efficient, responsive, responsible and corruption-free administration which is accountable to the public. Here are the Various Programmes Introduced by the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy during the course of his one year rule: Mee Seva: The "Mee Seva" programme being introduced on a pilot basis in Chittoor and Krishna and Khammam districts is envisaged as a transparent and secured citizen-centric web-based service which will provide convenient access to people in securing copies of land records like adangal, village map, residence and income certificate, integrated caste-nativity-birth certificates, birth and death certificates, certified copies of registration documents and so on at a nominal fee through private agencies to ensure efficiency, transparency and accountability.

The facility is extremely people-friendly and is designed to put an end to the ordeal of making people run from pillar to post to secure the certificates and avoid the unending delays, frustration and indulgence and harassment and fleecing of middlemen. The facility would be extended all over the State by the end of March to cover initially 20 to 25 services with a target to bring under its ambit as many as 50 services by the end of 2012. The service is likely to be expanded to cover the farming community as well by providing them through the IT kiosks vital information inputs related to market conditions such as area wise prevailing rates, rates of fertilizer, pesticides and seed. Every effort has been made to ensure that there are no loopholes in the programme. Earlier, it would take several days for anyone to get any certificate, be it adangal or income or birth certificate. With the launch of Mee Seva, the certificates would obtained within minutes. A charter has been evolved which will be displayed at all the Mee Seva centres. It contains information pertaining to the time taken for issuing different kinds of certificates and the prescribed fee.

A toll free number system would also be set up so that the applicants could get information. Certificates and documents will be issued with the digital signature of the official concerned. Necessary amendments have been made to the Andhra Pradesh Information Technology Rules (Electronic Service Delivery) Act, 2011 to provide authenticity to the certificate or document with the digital signature of the official. These efforts will bring about a revolutionary change in the system and will be unique in the country.

Rachabanda-I & II: The State Government has launched a mass contact programme Rachabanda to ensure that the benefits directly reach the needy people. It is particularly aimed to reach the people who so far had no access to the administration or those who could not get the benefits due to them since they were not heard. An amount of Rs.2500 crore was spent towards the first round of Rachabanda. The 35 lakh beneficiaries identified, verified and found eligible after the I phase are being provided ration cards, pensions and house sites in the second phase started from 2nd November. During the first round of Rachabanda 4.62 lakh people have been provided ration cards, 1.31 lakhs have been provided pensions, 2.89 lakhs have been provided sanction letters for Indiramma houses, 4.62 lakh were provided Aarogyasri cards, 1.93 lakhs were provided Indiramma house sites, 1.74 lakh have been provided job cards relating to MGREGS and 6.43 lakh women have been provided Paavala Vaddi. During the second phase of Rachabanda an amount of Rs.3,500 crores was spent. In the II phase, 24.40 lakh will be provided ration cards, 5.00 lakhs will be provided pensions while 6 lakh people will be sanctioned Indiramma houses. Monitoring Cell to control prices: In order to control the prices of essential commodities in the State, a special monitoring cell is being constituted under the aegis of the Civil Supplies Department. This cell will work under the already constituted "Group of Ministers". The cell in coordination with the Consumer Affairs wing of the Civil Supplies Department would closely monitor the prices of essential commodities, vegetables, seeds and fertilizers and also initiate steps to prevent hoarding and black marketing of essential commodities. It would report the price variations collected from 81 market centres spread all over the State to the Group of Ministers for immediate steps. The GoM will report to the Chief Minister for initiating immediate steps to control prices. Education Fortnight: In order to provide quality education, the government has launched Education Fortnight during June 2011.

An amount of Rs.2,548 crores was spent for providing infrastructure facilities. This includes construction of 1000 model schools with an outlay of Rs..313 Crores, construction of 500 high school buildings with an outlay of Rs.156.50 crores, construction of 355 model schools with a cost of Rs.1,065 crores were taken up. The Chief Minister is of the view that Education will be the spring board for the future of children and every child has the right for education. He said the focus should be on the enrollment of children, retention, improving literacy and providing quality education at all levels. The Government is spending towards infrastructure and other facilities including construction of model schools during this fortnight. The Chief Minister launched the State-wide "Education Fortnight" programme at the Government High School, Ameerpet, Hyderabad. He laid the foundation stone and unveiled a plaque and opened an exhibition of Rajiv Vidya Mission (RVM) activities.

He launched the 'Akshara Abhyasam' and interacted with "out of school" children, drop out children and School Management Committee (SMC) members Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu: This programme has been launched to provide 15 lakh jobs in the private sector to the employable youth over the next three years. This includes providing job-related training and placements to the youth with the active participation of the private sector. The government has constituted the Rajiv Education Employment Council of Andhra Pradesh (REECAP) under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister. The Chairman of the Rajiv Education and Employment Mission will be the Vice-Chairman of the REECAP. The member secretary of the REEMAP will be the Mission Director. The Deputy Chief Minister, Chief Secretary, 9 Ministers, 9 Principal Secretaries, 9 secretaries and 7 persons belonging to industry, services and education sectors will be members of the team. The REEMAP has been registered under the Societies Act. Apart from the Chairman, a senior IAS officer will be the mission director. Experts from various fields will function as members.

People who want to register for employment can apply through online http://ryk.cgg.gov.in. The first full-fledged REECAP meeting was held at Secretariat on 21-11-11. The CM chaired the meeting, all leading industrialist members attended the meeting. Later industrial interactions were held at Jubilee Hall. The industrial sector assured unstinted support to the programme. They hailed the programme as unique and epoch-making and a role model in the country. Indira Jala Prabha: The government has launched the Indira Jalaprabha scheme on the 2nd of October this year to cultivate the 10 lakh acres fallow lands belonging to the SCs and STs. 6 lakh families would be brought above the poverty line through this programme. The programme is meant to make 10 lakh acres of fallow land cultivable spread over 22 districts in the State for SC/ST beneficiaries. Water was provided through bore wells and water structures in these lands and Rs.1800 crores is being spent on this programme. Out of the 10 lakh acres of fallow lands to be irrigated and cultivated, 5.38 lakh acres will be in Telangana, 1.89 lakh acres in Rayalaseema and 2.73 lakh acres in Coastal Andhra. The STs of Yerragundapalem are happy that the so much of fallow lands are brought under cultivation. The programme is to be launched in a total of 245 blocks in 211 constituencies. It will be launched in 135 blocks in 111 constituencies from 2nd to 13th of October. It will be launched in the remaining blocks soon Re.1-a-kg rice scheme: The Re.1-a-kg subsidised rice scheme announced by the Chief Minister will benefit 2.26 crore families and 7.5 crore population in the State. Total number of BPL families are 2.01 crores. 24lakh families will be given new cards during Rachabanda II. While the subsidy for the Rs.2 kg rice scheme in the State was Rs.2,000 crore, the subsidy per year for the Re 1 kg rice scheme will be Rs.2,600 crore. Never in the history of Andhra Pradesh such a boon was given to the BPL families by any Government or any Chief Minister. The Re.1-a-kg rice scheme by Chief Minister N.Kiran Kumar Reddy will benefit 2.26 crore families and 7.5 crore population in State.

Total number of BPL families are 2.01 crores for a population of 6.8 crores and new cards to be given in Rachabanda-II will be 25 lakh families and 70 lakh population. While the subsidy requirement per year for the Rs.2-kg-rice scheme in the State is Rs.2,000 crore, the subsidy per year for the Re.1-kg-rice scheme will be Rs.2,600 crore. The additional burden for the State Government by reducing from Rs.2/- to Re.1/- will be Rs.600/- crores per year. The rice requirement per month will be 3.3 lakh MT. New while cards given by the Chief Minister is 31 lakhs (during Rachabanda-I--- 6 lakhs and during Rachbanda-II ---25 lakhs). State Milk Mission: The State government has taken up the state Milk Mission with an outlay of Rs.6000 crores in order to give a boost to dairy sector in the State. The goal of the Mission is to increase the overall milk production in a sustainable manner.

 The target is to increase the milk production to 496.31 lakh liters per day. It has been targeted to increase the milch animals by another 4 lakhs and also increase the fodder production in 2 lakh acres. Efforts will be made to set up veterinary clinics and appointment of gopal mitras. Licensed Cultivators Act: Andhra Pradesh is the first in the country to introduce an act to provide loan and other benefits to the farmers who raise crops with the permission of the owner or pattadar of land but have no record for such enjoyment. Over 6 lakh farmers are likely to be benefitted by the scheme. Zero Interest to farmers: For the first time in the country farmers of Andhra Pradesh who promptly repay their loans can avail zero percent interest facility, subject to a maximum limit of Rs.one lakh only. The scheme intended to benefit 95 lakh farmers will be implemented from this Rabi season. It is estimated that 95% of farmers will be benefitted from this scheme. The remaining 5% who secure loans to the tune of more than a lakh are also eligible to get interest waiver to the extent of one lakh. 1.16 lakh government jobs by December end Notification will be issued by the end of December to fill 1.16 lakh government jobs.

The government recruitment agencies such as APPSC, DSC and Police Recruitment Board will be the nodal agencies. Education department will have the maximum vacancies followed by Home, Revenue, Energy, Medical, Panchayat Raj, Excise, Engineering and other departments. New recruitment is nearly 10% of the cadre strength. The recruitment drive covers 28 departments. Sthri Nidhi: This scheme has been envisaged to financially uplift the rural women and to protect them from the clutches of micro finance and other private money lenders. Women can get Rs.15,000 as loan which can be repaid in 24 instalments. Andhra Pradesh is the only state to launch a bank specifically for the women. An amount of Rs.1000 crores has been provided as starting capital for this bank. In all 1054 Stree Shakti Bhavans are being constructed at a cost of Rs.274 crores.
Other Development during the last 7 years of Congress Rule: Free Power is being supplied to 28 lakh agricultural pumpsets for the last 7 years spending more than Rs.5000 crores every year. In spite of facing hardships 7 hour power supply is being provided to farmers. The Congress Government immediately after assuming charge has waived off Rs.1250 crores power dues. Jalayagnam: 86 projects have been taken up with an outlay of Rs.1,85,578 crores under the Jalayagnam programme to bring one crore acres under cultivation. So far Rs.62,000 crores have been spent. 12 projects have been completed and 30 lakh acres have been brought under cultivation. The State government is striving hard to get national status for Polavaram and Pranahitha-Chevella projects.

 The State Government is trying its best to impress upon the Government of India to get National status for the Polavaram and Pranahitha-Chevella projects. Along with major and medium irrigation projects, micro irrigation is also being taken up on a massive scale along with modernisation and stabilisation of tanks. Fee re-imbursement: To provide education to poor and low income people, the State Government has introduced the fee reimbursement scheme. Under the scheme, 27 lakh students are benefitted with an outlay of Rs.3500 crores. For the first time in the history, an amount of Rs.5,000 crores was released to clear the dues during the last one year.

Rajiv Aarogya Sree: This epoch-making and unique scheme was started with a view to provide qualitative medicare to more than 2 crore BPL families in corporate hospitals. So far 13 lakh operations have been successfully completed. Every year Rs.1,000 crores are being spent and so far Rs.3500 crores have been spent towards operations and treatment. Infrastructure facilities are being developed in government hospitals and steps are also being taken to increase the participation of government hospitals under the Arogyasri scheme. Of late the procedures and process for all treatments under Aarogyasri in Government Hospitals have been relaxed.

The District Collectors reviewed the daily problems if any being faced by the Government hospitals in their respective districts regarding surgeries and treatments under Aarogyasri. Wherever there are no doctors in the Government hospitals, private doctors service should be used. All required equipments and surgicals should be procured in consultation with the Collectors. Indiramma Houses: This scheme was launched to provide housing for the poor and downtrodden, The State Government started the Indiramma housing scheme. Of the 82 lakh houses sanctioned, work has been completed in respect of 53 lakh houses. The remaining houses are in various stages of completion. Of the 20,86,000 beneficiaries belonging to SCs and STs , 9,77,000 houses have been completed while 5,63,000 are in various stages of completion.

The unit cost of the houses The Government assistance for the houses have been substantially increased, particularly for the SC/ST beneficiaries. The unit cost of Indiramma Houses in rural areas is Rs.45,000 and in urban areas it is Rs.55,000. However SC/ST beneficiaries are given an additional loan amount of Rs.20,000/- in rural areas and Rs.30,000 in urban areas. Indiramma Pensions: Over 72 lakh people have been sanctioned pensions under various categories such as old age, widow, physically challenged and weavers. An amount of Rs.200 is being given as pension. However, an amount of Rs.500 is being given to physically challenged persons. It may be mentioned here that pensions to old age, physically disabled and widows are given on a saturation concept and the pensions are either directly credited to the account of the beneficiaries or it reaches them at their doorsteps. Pavala vaddi:

The State Government is providing interest subsidy to farmers and women SHGs and other vulnerable sections. Under the Pavala Vaddi scheme, bank loans to women SHGs and crop loans to farmers are being provided at 3% annual interest and whatever balance interest payable to the bank is being provided by the State Government as interest subsidy. This helps the farmers, women groups and other vulnerable sections and rescues them from the clutches of private money lenders and fleecing micro financiers. Andhra Pradesh is the only State where this facility is provided to farmers and women groups. Since inception of the scheme Rs.849 were spent towards pavala vaddi subsidy. However during last one year Rs.842 crores were released. MGNREGA: Andhra Pradesh stands first in the country in all aspects in the implementation of MGNREGA. For the first time, social auditing has been taken up in order to ensure transparency in wage payment and to see that qualitative work is done.

Payments are also being done online and the State has dovetailed maximum funds from the Government of India under NREGA. During 2010-11, total number of mandays generated was 33,95,26,849 and total number of households completed 100 days of wage employment are 9,68,293. Total number of wage employment provided during the year was for 1,18,95,356 persons and 62,10,467 households and total wages paid was Rs.3300.79 crores and total expenditure involved was Rs.5404.85 crores. Total number of districts covered are 22, Mandals 1098, Gram Panchayats 21,861 and total number of job cards issued during 2010-11 is 1,23,01,016. Andhra Pradesh has also set several impressive benchmarks in the implementation of MGNREGS and we aim further improvement of our performance. Our current focus areas are bringing the under-utilized and fallow lands under cultivation by improving irrigation facilities, water shed development, land use planning, etc. 9.7 lakh acres of SC/ST land was developed in 11th Plan, including 3.5 lakh acres under horticulture.

With fairly high completion rates, we compliment the Government of India for the MGNREGA, which with its inclusive approach and wide scope is a key employment generation scheme which stimulates capital formation in the rural sector. MGNREGA has made a significant impact in the rural areas. It has led to increased wages, eliminated the gender disparity in wages, created assets for poor people and brought an end to distress migration. While we will strive to further consolidate the gains made under MGNREGA, at the same time we feel that it is very important to synchronize MGNREGA with agriculture in order to ensure that it continues to benefit the agricultural labour. MGNREGA has promoted the mechanization of the agricultural activities in response to the increase in the agricultural wages.

This trend is likely to accentuate further and the availability of private agricultural labour is likely to shrink as a result of the increased mechanization. This shortage may have to be compensated by increasing the number of wage days under MGNREGA from the present 100 days which will lead to an increased programme cost.

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