Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Friday held a review meeting with all the Head of Departments in the state and called for efficient implementation of policies to bolster economic growth in the state.
He said, "Allocation and spending of funds won't bring growth. Proper policies and efficient implementation yield good results. Every government department should analyze its policies and implementing methods."
He emphasized on the need to focus on the service sector. He said, "Service sector has potential to yield greater profits with less investment. Employment generation is also higher. But we are not getting much growth in service sector. A consultant can be hired if needed. There is ample scope for growth of service sector in Amaravati, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam."
Naidu spoke about how the Apparel industry can help generate employment among women.
"It is an evergreen industry that needs less investment, can provide more number of jobs, and generate good income. Apparel parks should be setup across the state, one each in each municipality. If the 90 lakh women in Self Help Groups can be given employment in these apparel parks, woman empowerment can be achieved." he said.
He also said that this will help every household earn a minimum living of Rs. 10, 000 and ordered for immediate implementation of the plan.
He directed the officials to set-up cold chains across the state as it will prove to be a significant factor to develop horticulture in one crore acres.
Naidu also spoke about the infrastructure of the state.
"Infrastructure development is going on at faster pace. In rural areas cement roads are being built and other amenities are being developed. Housing schemes are rampant in rural and urban areas. Many industries are being set up. Thus there is great scope in construction sector." He said.
He also ordered for a number of permission orders to be cleared and asked the authorities to make sure that environmental factors are kept in mind.
Naidu spoke of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which will be partnering the government to"revolutionalize agriculture" in the state.
He also reviewed the 'People First' initiative of the government.
The report stated that 58% (8,18,190) of people's feedback is positive, and 42% (5,91,396) of the people are dissatisfied. People in Krishna and Guntur districts have the most number of positive feedback, and Kadapa and Kurnool districts have the lowest satisfaction levels.
Officials submitted reports for different issues, like ration, pension, corruption cases etc. They proposed an integrated grievance redressal platform, which will be finalised and online soon.
Naidu also said that he aims to achieve 88% satisfaction in the state and asked the authorities to deal with the reported cases of corruption.
In the morning session of the meeting, a discussion was held on growth and targets in Quarter 1 of 2017-18.
In the first quarter of the financial year 2017-18, Andhra Pradesh recorded a growth of 11.72%. At the national level, the growth rate was 5.6%. Andhra Pradesh is ranked second in the country, following Madhya Pradesh with the highest growth rate. They are followed by Bihar, Telangana and Maharashtra. This phenomenal growth was made possible due to the impressive growth of the primary sector in the state.
The primary sector grew by 27.60%, the industrial sector by 8.05% and the service sector by 8.67%.
The Fisheries sector grew by 42.09% and the Animal Husbandry sector by 14.69%.
The Service sector had a target of 13.9%, and achieved 8.67% in the first quarter.
The per capita income of Andhra Pradesh is ?1,22,376 in 2016-17. Compared to last year, the state's per capita income grew by 13.1%.
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