AP Cabinet takes key decisions

Amaravati, June 30:

Andhra Pradesh State cabinet headed by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday has taken several key decisions, which include approving the new Information Technology (IT) policy for 2021-24 and to observe Farmers’ Day on July 8 commemorating the birth anniversary of Dr YS Rajashekar Reddy.
Briefing media after the cabinet meeting, Information and Public Relations Minister Perni Venkatramaiah said that the cabinet gave a nod to the 12 proposed projects at a cost of Rs 1,444.95 Crores , which includes opening of 100 integrated agri and aqua labs, 645 community hiring centers and 1898 permanent buildings of RBK’s. Similarly the cabinet approved the setting up of 45 new rythu bazaars in the state and construction of 1262 godowns at village level. The Chief Minister will be inaugurating 53 Veterinary Hospitals, Dispensaries, Rural Livestock Units, which were set up at a cost of Rs 31.74 crores, a dedicated Telemedicine Call Center for livestock health care, six new rythu bazaars and shall lay foundation to post-harvest infrastructure development at RBK level by establishing a food processing unit in each parliament constituency and Kadaknath Poultry Farm at Utukuru, Kadapa. Also at a cost of Rs 212.31 crore, market yards will be revamped under the Nadu-Nedu scheme.
Further, the cabinet approves the proposal of procuring 175 mobile veterinary ambulances in 175 constituencies across the state for treating cattle. Facilities like hydraulic lift will be made available in mobile vehicles along with expert staff and adequate facilities. The government will be spending Rs 89.95 crore towards this initiative. The cabinet, which discussed the concept of infrastructure in the medical sector, approved the purchase of 539 new 104 vehicles for PHCs across the state.
Besides these, the cabinet gave a nod to provide laptops for students studying between class 9-12 and chose laptops in lieu of cash under the Amma Vodi and Vasati Deevena schemes. Around 8,21,655 students between 9-12 classes and 1,10,779 beneficiaries of Vasati Deevena have opted for a laptop instead of cash incentive.The government will provide branded laptops like Lenevo, HP, Dell, Acer at a lower cost than in the market, with dual processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard disk, 14 inch screen, Windows 10 and three year warranty.
The cabinet further gave nod for establishment of Andhra Kesari University in Prakasam district and making Vizianagaram JNTU Engineering College into an University by amending the JNTU Act-2008. In regard to this, the government sanctioned 24 additional teaching posts and 17 non-teaching posts.
The State Cabinet gave approval for 2021– 2024 IT policy, prioritising the development of infrastructure to set up three concept cities. The government will also establish digital libraries at Gram Panchayat levels and provide high speed internet facilities to villages. For this, the government is setting up an IT Emerging Technologies Research University in Visakhapatnam. It also approved SIPB proposals.
Cabinet gave a nod for returning 2,180 acres of land, which was originally sought to be acquired for the Kakinada Special Economic Zone (SEZ) back in 2007, to the farmers following a protracted struggle. All the additional costs like stamp duty, transfer fee and registration fee will be borne by the State government. The cabinet has agreed to the proposal of supplying water by gravity, under the initial phase for water supply under Rayalaseema Drought Prevention Project in Puttaparthi constituency at a cost of Rs 864.18 crore. Through this project, the government will fill 195 ponds in the Rayalaseema region.
The Cabinet has given the green signal for the implementation of YSR Bima scheme to support the family in the event of the death of the sole earner in families below the poverty line. Also approved 2020–25 food processing policy, to enable better rates for farmers and also approved setting up of a new Agriculture Polytechnic in Punganur, Chittoor District with 40 admissions every year. The decisions include the approval for the Andhra Pradesh Farmers’ e-Sales Corporation Limited (APFEVCL) e-marketing platform designed to connect farmers, buyers and traders as a unified marketplace. Apart from these, the cabinet approved the construction of 2,62,216 houses by TIDCO. Also, it has approved a bank loan guarantee of Rs. 5,990 crore for the construction of the infrastructure.
In regard to housing, the cabinet approves non-profit, affordable housing scheme for middle class people in towns and cities by constructing Jagananna Smart Townships. The government has given three options to choose from plots of 150, 200 and 240 square yards.

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