Saturday, March 5, 2016
Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L.Narasimhan addressing the both houses of AP legislature on Saturday said that the State has achieved double digit growth during the financial year 2015-16 in spite of financial constraints after bifurcation.
The Governor said that according to the advanced estimates, the State has registered a growth of 10.99 per cent against 7.6 per cent of national growth. The over all Gross Value Added growth stood at 10.5 per cent against the national growth of 7.3 per cent.
On agriculture, he said 8.4 per cent growth was witnessed while industry witnessed growth of 11.13 per cent and 11.39 per cent. He said that the per capita income reached rs.1.07 lakh for the first time. Agriculture proving livelihood to nearly 63 per cent of the population continued to be non-profitable but efforts launched by the government to increase productivity levels of all crops were showing results.
He said that under the ‘Panta Sanjivini’ programme construction of 8.75 lakh farm ponds was launched to use of rain guns for taking up irrigation during drought spells. On micro irrigation sector, the government was committed to completing Thotapalli, Polavaram right main canal, Galeru-Nagari, Handi-Neeva by June this year, second phase of Vamsadhara, Polavaram left main canal and Velugonda projects by next three years. He said that Pattiseema lift irrigation scheme linking the Godavari with the Krishna was completed in a record time of five and a half months while Rs.134 crore had been spent on reviving 175 defunct lift irrigation schemes.
Committed to provide reservation to Kapus: The Governor said that the State Government has committed to provide reservation to Kapu, Balija, Ontari and Telaga communities without hurting the interests of the BCs. He said that the Justice Manjunatha Commission is expected to submit its report within eight months. He said that the government has created a Kapu Corporation to support income generating activities for poor families among these. He said that the government has decided to recommend to the Centre to include Rajakas in Scheduled Castes and Valmikis in Scheduled Tribes. He said the welfare of SCs, STs, BCs, minorities and women were on the top of the agenda. The Government has allocated Rs.5,878 crore for SC sub-plan, Rs.1,904 crore for ST sub-plan and Rs.6,640 crore towards the BC sub-plan.