Hyderabad, July 20 (INN): Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav called on the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy here at Camp Office on Saturday evening.
Yadav, who is on a two-day visit to the State, enquired about various flagship programmes, which are being implemented in Andhra Pradesh for the welfare of various sections of the people and complimented the State Government and the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister informed the UP Chief Minister that the Government of Andhra Pradesh initiated path-breaking Flagship Schemes like SC/ST Sub-Plan, Bangaru Talli, Indiramma Amrutha Hastham, Mee Seva, Amma Hastham, Kilo One Rupee Rice, Interest Free loans to Farmers and Women, Free Power for Agriculture, Social Security Pensions, Rajiv Aaorgya Sree, Scholarships and Fee Reimbursement– for the uplift of common man, weaker sections of the Society, SCs, STs, BCs, Minorities, Women, children, Farmers, Unemployed youth and other vulnerable sections.
The Chief Minister explained about the “Mee Seva”–a silent revolutionary step, a transparent and secured citizen-centric web-based service provider for the citizens being implemented successfully in all 23 districts of the State. On an average, one lakh transactions are done a day and so far 2.33 crore transactions were utilised by the citizen, the Chief Minister added.
The Chief Minister also said that for the first time in the Country, Government of Andhra Pradesh enacted SC/ST Sub-plan Act for the benefit of about 2.5 crore SCs and STs and “Bangaru Talli” Act to protect the girl child. The Chief Minister informed that Andhra Pradesh is No.1 in extending food security to 7.5 crore population of the State out of the 8.3 crore State population with “Amma Hastham” and Re.1-Kilo Rice Schemes. The Chief Minister informed about the “Mana Biyyam” scheme in 7 districts, which is beneficial to both the farmer and the consumer. A number of farmers are getting remunerative price for their produce. In the discussion of both the Chief Ministers, it is mentioned that UP and Bihar are the prime beneficiaries by the Food Security Bill.
The Chief Minister said that Andhra Pradesh is the only State providing “Interest-free loans” in a big-way to about one crore farmers and 1.46 crore SHG members to the tune of Rs.72,000 crores and Rs.16,500 crores respectively, this year, through Bank-linkages. He said that Andhra Pradesh SHG women Resource Persons train the people in several other States and Countries.
The Chief Minister said that Rajiv Aarogya Sree scheme is being implemented covering 90 per cent of the population and will now be extended to Government employees, enhancing the coverage to 95 per cent. So far about 20 lakh poor people availed this benefit and this scheme is bei9ng implemented by spending Rs.1500 crores per annum and performing about 4.5 lakh operations.
The Chief Minister said that Social Security Pensions are being given to 72 lakh widows, old-age persons, hand-loom weavers and physically challenged persons.
The Chief Minister said that Rs.6.5 lakh crores worth MoUs were entered during Partnership Summit-2012 out of which Rs.1.33 lakh crores were already invested and remaining are in various stages of progress.
On the mention of UP Chief Minister that, AP is the largest producer and exporter of Fish and Fish products, the Chief Minister informed that Rs.11,000 crs worth fish and fish products are being produced in the State every year. The State Government extended several incentives to the Fisheries and Animal Husbandray sectors including waiving of Rs.460 crores nala charges, market cess waiver for egg, chicken and meat etc.
UP Revenue Minister Ambika Chaudhary, Minister of State for Science and Technology Abhishek Misra, AP Revenue minister Dr N Raghuveera Reddy, Secondary Education Minister K Partha Sarathy, MPs T Subbarami Reddy, Anjan Kumar Yadav and senior officials from both States were present on the occasion.