Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu said the split personality of Andhra Pradesh, government at one place and the governance is at other, should end.
Addressing the collectors’ conference at Vijayawada, the CM expressed satisfaction over the progress made in the past 22 months despite severe shocks generated by the division thrust on the reluctant people of the state.
He said June 15,2016 will mark the end of the duality of Andhra Pradesh and the government starts functioning from Amaravati.
He reiterated that secretariat at Velagapudi might be temporary, but the buildings remain forever.
He released a book of “Best Practices in the Andhra Pradesh” on this occasion. Stating that Andhra Pradesh could achieve 10.5 pc growth in the third quarter, the CM said it was far above the national average (7.3 pc) for the same period.
He however cautioned that state could not get stabilized unless this double digit growth was sustained, which, he said, needs hard work.
Naidu was all praise of West Godavari, Nellore, Srikakulam and Chittoor districts for their impressive performance in the third quarter.
According to Naidu, among the sectors, Fisheries and dairy surpassed all sectors including services.
Talking about central assistance to the state, Naidu expressed satisfaction that centre had started fulfilling all its commitments given to the state, though at slow pace.
” We have overcome all the hurdles in Polavaram project. State is given permission to construct the project and money spent will be reimbursed. Similarly, the Pattiseema project will be completed by next year and 80 TMC to 100 TMC water will be transferred to Krishna basin,” Naidu said.
He urged the district collectors to vigorously implement the plans meant to make the state drought-proof. He stressed that he doesn’t want to hear the word ‘drought’ from the any collector after next year. ” Next year we have to intensify the efforts in the direction of ‘chasing the drought’ from the state. Interlinking of rivers, recharging of the ground water, promoting micro irrigation, adaption of rain guns are our thrust areas,” the CM told the collectors.
He announced that fibre connectivity would be available across the state by June and steps would be initiated to provide internet connectivity at cheaper rates.
Warning the officials to be cautious of the disruptive forces, the chief minister said while the government was striving to make the state occupy a position among the top three states in India by2010, these forces were trying to foment trouble by provoking caste and regional issues to stall the development.