Andhra Pradesh CM says state committed to set target of 9-9.5% growth rate for 12th Five Year Plan
The Chief Minister said one secret of our recent success is the effective implementation of FRBM Act. He said a prudent financial management through efficient mopping up of resources and their judicious deployment has continuously decreased fiscal deficits and eliminated revenue deficit altogether. Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said Andhra Pradesh is the only State to have implemented comprehensive Participatory irrigation management policy with 100% water tax ploughed back, whereby the operations and management of irrigation has become self sufficient. The Chief Minister said that the State is always committed to implement all the developmental programmes that are useful to the larger section of the society, especially the under-privileged with a broad inclusive strategy during the 12th Plan period. He was speaking at the Regional Consultations of Chief Ministers of Southern States on the Approach Paper to the 12th Five Year Plan at Bengaluru today. Here is the full text of the Chief Minister’s speech: It’s my proud privilege to be with this august gathering this morning in connection with the Regional Consultation of Southern States for preparation of the Approach paper for 12th Five Year Plan.
I applaud the Planning Commission for their efforts in getting the views of different segments of the Society in its endeavour to involve the larger public in the Planning process. I take this opportunity to briefly outline our strategies and concerns in designing an approach for the 12th Plan. After achieving a decent growth rate of 7.93% during the 11th Plan so far, Andhra Pradesh is committed to set an ambitious target of 9-9.5% for the 12th Five Year Plan period (2012-13 to 2016-17). The interesting feature of our growth story during the 11th Plan period is the fact that all the three sectors of the economy have registered impressive growth. Agriculture sector whose future in the State once looked very gloomy, posted an average growth in excess of 6.5% during the four years of the 11th Plan so far. Inspired by the performance during 11th Plan, the State is also gearing up for the activity of making preparatory arrangements for 12th Five Year Plan in identifying the appropriate growth strategies and preparing Strategy papers. Development and Welfare have been the twin-agenda of Andhra Pradesh State which is blessed with a competitive edge in several areas and is expected to be so in years to come. The Basic theme of the 12th Five Year Plan is ‘Faster, More inclusive and Sustainable growth’.
It is pertinent to appreciate the theme of the 12th Plan especially in the wake of the growth that has been achieved in the recent past and the need to sustain it for the future generations. One secret of our recent success is the effective implementation of FRBM Act. A prudent financial management through efficient mopping up of resources and their judicious deployment has continuously decreased fiscal deficits and eliminated revenue deficit altogether. Andhra Pradesh had received a number of severe jolts to its economy due to a succession of natural calamities, putting on it a cumulative strain estimated at Rs 20,000 crores. Unless the State is compensated suitably in this regard, it feels increasing difficulties in complying with FRBM norms. There is need to increase the amount of relief provided to victims of natural calamities like farmers, weavers, fishermen etc, considering the rising costs. We are making efforts to increase the production of agricultural crops through productivity enhancement, Crop diversification and optimized input use. We are planning to encourage high value commodities and promote agro-processing industry and agri-business.
Our concern and focus during the 12th Plan would be on improving the functioning of the institutions related to markets, credit and agricultural research and enhancing investment in infrastructure, viz. cold storage facilities, roads, ports. Our plan is to have 835 cold storages in place in 5 years. We want to further promote water use efficiency through micro-irrigation practices. One area of concern is the widening disparity between the rising costs of inputs and the relatively static MSP, causing hardship and agitation among the farmers frequently. We need to refine our formulae for fixing the MSP, that is more firmly indexed to the cost of inputs. Foodgrain Production in the State is expected to touch 300 Lakh MTs by the end of the 12th Plan. Productivity enhancement through Micro-nutrient application and promoting SRI (System of Rice Intensification) to enhance water use is to go upto 3 lakh hectares this year & One million hectares by 2016-17. The tools to achieve the desired targets would be Drip Irrigation in field crops, Seed Replacement, Dry land agriculture, Focus on oil palm development and Market linked supply chain development. There is also the need to consciously promote organic farming through appropriate policy interventions. In addition to crop husbandry, we plan to lay emphasis on the activities allied to agriculture also.
These include taking care of the 92 Lakh farm families engaged in Livestock rearing activities in the State. 3000 para workers are covering the State in breed improvement and support systems to livestock. With regard to enhancement of milk procurement, establishing BMCUs and Laboratories at MCC/BMCU level and procurement centres in villages would be given priority. AP occupies an important place in the fisheries and aqua-culture and we want to maintain the lead. Regarding employment generating programmes in the State, I am proud to announce that the Planning Commission had lauded our performance under MGNREGS in various fora. Under MGMRGS, it is proposed to create employment of 235 crore mandays at an estimated cost of Rs.43,303 crore, undertake repairs of 20,000 Minor irrigation tanks with an outlay of 3,000 Crores and 10,000 KMs of road with an outlay of Rs 1,400 crores during the 12th Five-year plan.
Our endeavour is to ensure convergence of different departments(7) and we are of the opinion that there is a need to redesign the MGNREG Scheme to accommodate the emerging needs. Integrated Watershed Management is also a focused area for us. I would like to bring forth an issue for the consideration of this august gathering. In the current scheme of things, works taken up under NREGS are seriously contending with the requirement of labour for various agricultural operations. As promotion of agriculture and the farmer’s interests is an equally important concern to us, it is necessary to link up NREGS with the Agriculture sector, by including some of the agricultural activities involving labour under the scheme. Andhra Pradesh is the only State to have implemented comprehensive Participatory irrigation management policy with 100% water tax ploughed back, whereby the operations and management of irrigation has become self sufficient.
Planning commission is studying the Regulatory Authority model of the State, which recognizes water as common property as opposed to entitlement model of Maharastra. We have undertaken two major irrigation projects i e Polavaram and Pranahita-Chevella. Polavaram project is not only multi-purpose providing irrigation, power and drinking water, but also benefits adjoining states of Maharastra, Karnataka, Chattisgarh and Orissa. Pranahita-Chevella project provides irrigation facility to 7 drought-hit districts, by using Godavari water that is otherwise going to the sea. In this view, both these projects are of national significance. Rs.12,396 crore is required for completion of 35 prioritized projects in coming 3 years, to create an additional IP of over 36.76 lakh acres in the state. This will support Food security and contributes higher allocations to Nation’s pool.
The share of Centre in all AIBP projects may be increased to 75%, which would speed up the projects. The State is planning to launch Tank Reliant Irrigation Area Development – TRIAD Project which is a feasible alternative is creating Minor Irrigation Sources- Tanks in identified areas/districts for the overall improvement of agriculture productivity and rural livelihoods. Under energy sector, APGENCO will target an additional capacity of 16,000 MW by 2016. TOD tariff, revision of tariff, free supply to ground water and separation of feeders are of priority to us.
Information Technology contributes to 49% of total exports from AP. The State occupies 4th position in India with a share of 15% of the national IT exports. We are planning to create additional direct employment under IT for 1.5 lakh by 2015. Construction sector continues to hold the key during 12th Plan also. Different industries would require about 8 million skilled persons. Employability of even professional graduates is a concern. Quality improvement is the focus.
We need to strengthen the cooperation between educational institutions and industry and business, by providing incentives for providing hands-on training to improve the skills of students. Under Industry sector, tourism has been one of the high priority, and also high performing, sectors in the state. Medical Tourism has been picking up in the state, especially Hyderabad. We want to create special schemes to promote Adventure Sports and Beach Tourism. Skill development is being accorded the highest priority. Rajiv Udyoga Sree has set the pace of employment generation and skill development in A P. The Strategy is in sync with Planning Commission Agenda of 500 million skilled population by 2022. As a part of the Mission ,the State skill development policy, Labour Market information Sytem and H R Planning Mechanism for twelfth Plan will be made ready in six months.
We want to assess and enlarge our experiment with skill upgradation under NREGS, to benefit over 2 lakh rural youth annually. The State is committed to improve Human Development in the State. Addressing the large stock of adult illiterates in the state is the key to achieve 100% literacy rate. There is a need for adult literacy programs targeting 15-59 years age illiterates. We want to squarely involve the SHGs in this movement, as they have a wide spread, influence and a strength of 1.1 crore members. The drop-out rate at Secondary Level during the year 2010-11 is 46.21. It has been planned to bring it down to zero by 2017 by fixing 8% target every year. Operationalization of PPP models in school education, Rating of colleges on performance and Internet-based skill up-gradation are our main concerns. Ensuring quality education at all levels including Universities, would be the goal during the 12th Plan period. The State has achieved substantial progress under various health parameters. However, certain health related issues still require focused attention.
These include: Ante-natal Care, Infant mortality, Maternal Mortality, anemia among women and Under- nutrition. Coordination of ICDS and Health departments for a common monitoring mechanism for vaccination and health related issues is being worked out. Strengthening of public sector primary health care centres especially in rural areas – physical infrastructure, equipment, medicine, and staffing are identified as crucial to health improvement. Providing Safe Drinking Water to all habitations will have to be accorded a special focus including the Fluoride-affected areas. About 56 % of the habitations are yet to reach the fully coverage status and about 42% of the populations has yet to be provided 40 lpd. Increasing number of quality-affected habitations is a major concern for the 12th plan. Construction of Individual Sanitary Latrines and Anganwadi toilets taken up on priority to achieve 100% rural sanitation. The unit cost has to be increased in tune with the market rates to speed up the program.
Under Urban Development the major areas of concern and priority during the 12th Plan would be Effective Local Urban Governance, Planned Formation of Urban Conglomeration, Improved Public Infrastructure, Integrated Slum Improvement, Urban Poverty Alleviation and Environmental sustainability. JNNURM addresses much of the infrastructure and service delivery needs in urban areas. Social Harmony & Welfare would be given due importance during the 12th Plan period. Scholarships and fees reimbursement to SC,ST,BC and Minority students continue to be our priority, with a focus on better targeting and efficinecy. GOI may seriously consider increasing the allocation for OBCs and EBCs to make the process of educational development more inclusive. Social Security Pensions would continue to be offered to old aged, widow, disabled, AIDS affected, toddy tappers. Development of Backward and Interior areas would be continued during the 12th Plan also.
Khammam & Adilabad districts have been included under Integrated Action Plan (IAP). 6 other districts are also required to be included under Left Wing Extremist affected areas. Last but not the least, we need to lay emphasis on improving governance significantly. The poverty can be eradicated faster if we improve the management systems. We need to lay emphasis on implementing the reforms recommended by the Administrative Reforms Commission at a faster pace. E-Governance has also to be given much more importance. Transparency, efficiency and effectiveness have to be the watchwords. At the end, I would like to make it explicit that the State is always committed to implement all the Developmental programmes that are useful to the larger section of the society, especially the under-privileged with a broad inclusive strategy during the 12th Plan period.
In fact under each of the important social sector parameters like enrolment, out of schooling, IMR, MMR, mal-nutrition, anemia among women and prevalence of HIV/AIDS etc., backward mandals are identified with a view to lay special focus in these areas and to make them on par with other developed mandals in the State. With the experience of a successful 11th Five Year Plan behind us and with the unstinted support of the Planning Commission from time to time in our development endeavours, I am sure Andhra Pradesh would continue be in the forefront.