States - 2016 APRIL

April 1

Telangana government launches M-Wallet mobile App.
Telangana Government has launched M-Wallet, new mobile app to facilitate citizens to get digital copies of documents like driving licence and registration certificate.
It was launched by Telangana IT minister K.T. Rama Rao and Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy in Hyderabad. It is first of its kind application to be launched in any state of India.
The mobile App enables vehicle owners and drivers of vehicles to store their documents issued by RTA in digital form and this will help 60 lakhs driving license holders, 80 lakh vehicle owners across the state.
Features of M-Wallet
M-wallet mobile application has been developed by Telangana Road Transport Authority for the Transport Department of the Telangana Government.
It helps user to download digital copies of documents like driving licence and registration certificate.
These digital documents could be produced by the users before the police and RTA authorities when demanded.
The application lets user to auto-fetch documents and also share documents. It also allows user to have all the documents on one single screen.
The documents downloaded once using application will be saved for future use in it. Using this application user can add multiple vehicles owned by him.

April 2

Vizag tops State in 'work for 100 days'.
Visakhapatnam district has stood first in the State in the category of creating work for 100 days for one lakh families during 2015-16 under the Mahatma Gandhi NREGS.
By creating 2,26,61,000 work days the district has stood first in the State.
In the previous year 100 days work was provided to 60,744 families and during 2015-16 the district has recorded considerable improvement in all areas, like creating work for 5,62,000 belonging to 3,13,000 families having 4,70,000 job cards, compared to creating work for 5,44,00 belonging to 3.03 lakh families with 4.26 lakh job cards.

April 3

Smart City SPV to take up projects in Visakhapatnam.
At least one of the works under the Visakhapatnam Smart City project is set to be grounded by the first anniversary of the announcement of the Smart City project by the Prime Minister.
The Special Purpose Vehicle for the execution of the project has been constituted as Greater Visakhapatnam Smart City Corporation.
The project would be started with Rs. 376 crore that would be credited into the account of the SPV.
Some of the project that have been taken up under different heads like the AP Disaster Recovery Programme (APDRP) funded by the World Bank would be brought under the Smart City project.

April 4

10 IoT hubs to be set up across the State.
Ten Internet of Things (IoT) hubs will be set up across the State either with government or private efforts as part of the decision to transform the State into a Silicon Corridor.
The hubs will come up at major towns. Investments in domain-specific hubs will be sought with total private investment or on public-private partnership (PPP) mode.
The government has promised a slew of incentives after unveiling its IoT Policy for 2016-20.
IoT is a network of physical objects, devices and other items embedded with electronics software, sensors and networks of connectivity. Besides IT and electronics, social mobility, analytics and cloud series (SMAC) is being encouraged in a big way.
The places where the hubs will come up will be finalized shortly. The government will zero in on areas based on domains that suit different places.
The land allottees have to create employment at the rate of 250 per acre failing which they will not be eligible to avail of financial incentives.
The government has also promised reimbursement of 50 percent lease rentals subject to maximum of Rs. 10 lakh for three years, 25 percent bandwidth/ internet charge up to Rs. 15 lakh for three years and fixed power cost at Re. 1 per unit, IoT entities will be exempted under the AP Pollution Control Act.

April 5

TS to set up rural technology centres.
The Telangana State government announced an ambitious policy Rural Technology Centres 2016 for realising the dream of penetration of Information Technology and IT-enabled services to the grassroots level.
The policy aims at creating at least one RTC in each of the 10 districts capable of providing employment to 2,500 people and these professionals would be trained by the Telangana Academy for Skills and Knowledge (TASK).
The location of the centre should be at a distance of at least 50 km from the nearest city and the population of the mandal or the village in which this centre would be housed, should be less than 50,000.
The government would ensure reimbursement of panchayat taxes for the first three years of operation for first five IT companies in each of these locations besides reimbursing Rs. 5 lakh or 50 per cent of the cost of promotion events.
The TASK would create skill development centres and faculty development programmes for colleges and training institutions in rural areas besides providing training subsidy of Rs. 2,500 a month per person for the first six months.
Recruitment assistance at Rs. 20,000 per employee for a minimum annual recruitment of 50 new IT professionals and Rs. 10 lakh subsidy to bridge the viability gap for first three years for the first three anchor units across all locations also formed part of the policy.

April 6

Schemes to Distribute Energy Efficient Smart Agriculture Pumps & Fans in Andhra Pradesh launched.
Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy along with Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister Andhra Pradesh will launch two schemes namely National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme and National Energy Efficient Fan Programme in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. These Schemes will be implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a JV of PSUs under Ministry of Power.
National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Programme will help farmers in replacing energy guzzlers age-old agricultural pumps across the country with the new-age energy efficient agricultural pumps, with a 5-Star Rating. These pumps will come enabled with smart control panel and a SIM card, giving farmers the flexibility to switch-on and switch-off these pumps from their mobile phones and from the comfort of their homes.
Through these new-age energy efficient SIM-enabled agricultural pumps, Union Power Ministry is looking at a 30% savings in energy by 2019. This will then boil down to an annual savings of approx Rs. 20,000 crore on agricultural subsidies or a saving of 50 billion units of energy every year.
Along with the announcement of the new-age agricultural pumps, Shri Piyush Goyal through its state owned entity–EESL will also launch National Energy Efficient Fan Programme for Indian households and businesses, where in Energy Efficient Ceiling Fans of 5-star rating 50 Watts (from leading companies such as Usha and Bajaj) will be provided at Rs. 60 a month on EMI basis and Rs. 1250/- on upfront basis.
BHEL commissions tiltable canal top solar plant in Andhra.
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned a season wise tiltable canal top solar PV plant at Bhimavaram in Andhra Pradesh.
This is the first canal top project in Andhra Pradesh and also first such project executed by the company, the state-run power equipment maker.
The project is developed by NREDCAP (New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of AP Ltd). Power generation is about 10 per cent more than a fixed Module Mounting Arrangement (MMA).

April 7

NABARD surpassed target for Telangana last fiscal.
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has surpassed its disbursal targets in Telangana during the year 2015-16.
The sanctions during the year were to the tune of Rs. 9,226 crore, 14 per cent higher than the target by V.V.V. Satyanarayana, Chief General Manager, Nabard – Telangana regional office.
The total business of the regional office during 2015-16 was at Rs. 7,720 crore. This included release of Rs. 3,630 crore as long-term refinance for investment credit and Rs. 2,479 crore as short-term refinance for crop production, marketing and others.
Under infrastructure development of State projects, Rs. 913 crore was sanctioned during the year against the target of Rs. 9,00 crore. The State government took loans to the extent of Rs. 671 crore against the disbursement target of Rs. 700 crore.

April 8

Visakhapatnam steel plant left reeling with severe water crisis.
Visakhapatnam steel plant is facing a crisis as water supply through Yeleru canal to the Kanithi balancing reservoir has dwindled.
The steel plant, at its increased capacity of 6.3 million tonnes, requires at least 33 million gallons daily (mgd) but it is getting only 25 mgd or so, and the plant is finding it difficult to manage the production process.
In particular, water supply to the Kanithi balancing reservoir has come down substantially, as pumping at Rajahmundry from the Godavari has been affected and the water levels at Yeleswaram reservoir in East Godavari have also gone down.
Telangana targets 500 apps for mobile governance.
The Telangana government has unveiled plans to launch 500 apps that will take it towards introducing mobile governance in the next one year. At least 20 will be launched by June 2 (the State formation day).
We are enthused by the success of our recently launched app m-wallet, which is used by the transport department.

April 9

Over 2 lakh households to be electrified under Central scheme.
The rural electrification scenario, spread across eight districts falling under the purview of the Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (APSPDCL).
In this scheme 2.92 lakh electricity connections have been sanctioned under the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), and efforts are being made to provide the same within a few months.
Chinese firm to invest in TS.
China Gezhouba Group Company Limited, a Chinese construction and engineering company, has interest making investments in the irrigation projects planned by Telangana Government and take part in their construction.
A delegation of the company led by its chief representative, Huang Wanlin, met Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and explained their experience in constructing major irrigation projects, including on the Three Gorges dam, and a few other major barrages built across the Yangtze in China.

April 10

Panel starts deliberations on bifurcation of power staff.
The committee constituted under the chairmanship of retired Supreme Court judge Justice D.M. Dharmadhikari has asked the Andhra Pradesh power utilities to submit their proposals on the modalities that should be adopted to ensure smooth bifurcation of staff by the power utilities of the two States.
The committee, constituted to resolve the impasse in the bifurcation of the power utilities staff, commenced its proceedings.
The panel, comprising five senior officials each from the power utilities of the two States, is understood to have discussed about the irritants that were obstructing the bifurcation of the staff. The Telangana government’s decision to relieve over 1,250 employees of AP nativity working in the TS power utilities also figured among the deliberations.

April 11

Vizag will be developed into a health hub.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the Visakhapatnam Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS). The VIMS, located on 100 acres of land in the heart of the city, would be developed into a major super-specialty hospital like the NIMS in Hyderabad.
The foundation stone was laid for a 500-bed ESI hospital to be built at a cost of Rs. 700 crore at Sheelanagar in the city.

April 12

TS launches 'e-STAMPS' for transparency in transactions.
Deputy Chief Minister Md. Mahamood Ali launched ''e-STAMPS'' (e-Stamp duty in Telangana Assessment, Management & Payment System) in place of the existing system of payment of stamp duty, transfer duty, registration fee and other sums through challan through designated banks.
New facility was introduced as part of modernizing the services of the department including assessment, management and collection mechanism of stamp duty and other charges. The Registration Department stood third among the top revenue-earning departments in Telangana during 2015-16. A total of Rs. 3,100 crore had reached the government coffers through the department from collection of stamp duty and registration fee and another Rs. 650 crore from local bodies in the form of transfer duty.
UNICEF signs MoU with GITAM.
The UNICEF and GITAM University signed an MoU to empower the adolescents and to address the adolescents’ issues in Visakhapatnam District.
The four states have been selected based on indicators related to adolescent girls and Visakhapatnam district was chosen as it has a high incidence of child marriage of 57.4 per cent and a significant number of tribal population.
Interacting with GITAM University Vice-Chancellor M.S. Prasada Rao, as part of the MoU, the UNICEF and the GITAM will identify, develop and sustain the best possible digital platforms. They will make use of channels like empowering adolescents through formation of youth reporter groups, facilitating them to discuss their development issues through weekly and fortnightly meetings, supporting adolescents to appropriately articulate their development concerns, and sharing them with peers and stakeholders through digital media.

April 13

AP fixes revenue collection target at Rs. 52,618 crore this fiscal.
The State government has set an ambitious target of Rs. 52,618 crore during 2016-17.
The revenue collections at Rs. 39,854 crore for fiscal 2015-16 fell short of its targeted Rs. 44,423 crore.
The meeting was convened to ensure that the tax collection process is streamlined and loopholes plugged to ensure buoyancy in tax collection. Various departments have been directed to do away with manual bills and provide online way bills. This move is seen to help plug loopholes in the collection process.

April 14

Kalpataru launches housing project in Hyderabad.
Kalpataru Ltd, the Mumbai-based real estate company, has launched its first housing project Kalpataru Residency in Hyderabad, which entails construction of about 9.5 lakh square feet of built-up area.
The company is making its maiden entry into Hyderabad to develop a residential tower blocks where 26 per cent of the land will be used up for construction and the rest will be left aside as open space.
Land pooling for Masula port soon.
Decks for Machilipatnam Port will to be cleared soon with the government gearing up to woo farmers with packages on the lines of Amaravati in the capital region through land pooling.
Land pooling would be released and land owners would be offered compensation packages on lines of package given to capital farmers. However, the opinions of land owners and farmers would be taken into consideration to make necessary changes in the package.

April 15

Nizamabad marketyard connected to national markets.
Under the National Agriculture Marketing (NAM) policy the Nizamabad Agriculture Marketyard has been connected to the national markets for trading of food grains and other agriculture produce online.
The total of 44 agriculture market yards were linked to the e-marketing in Telangana State with the e-trading farmers could get profitable price.

April 16

Special purpose company for Agiripalli Food Park.
The State government has permitted the State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation to incorporate a special purpose company (SPC) for the development of a mega food park at Thotapalli village in Agiripalli mandal of Krishna district.
The SPC-APIIC Food Park Limited would have 100 per cent subsidiary company of the APIIC initially subject to condition that it should get prior approval of the State government for inclusion of shareholders in the SPC.
The APIIC proposes to bring in a private partner at a later point for its operations, maintenance and other activities. The development comes after the Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries has given its approval for setting up of a mega food park at Agiripalli.
The proposed mega food park would be located in an area of at least 50 acres and it would work in a cluster-based approach based on hub and spokes model. The proposed food park at Agiripalli is one among the 42 mega food parks approved by the Centre across the country.

April 17

250 new residential schools for SCs, STs, BCs.
The Telangana government is making preparations to launch the scheme for KG to PG free and compulsory education this academic year itself, beginning with establishment of 250 new residential schools for students from SC, ST, and BC communities across the state.
To begin with, the schools will have classes 5 to 8, and would be upgraded to plus-two over three years. During the second year, classes 9 and 10 would be added, and in the third year, intermediate course would be introduced, Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari informed during a press briefing after a review. The schools will start functioning from coming June at identified locations in the State.
The officials to identify land in mandal and constituency headquarters for construction of schools, to buy land to the extent of five acres wherever it is not available. Each school would be built at a cost of Rs. 22 crore, and can accommodate 640 students. About 1.6 lakh students are expected to benefit from the residential schools.
Also, on the cards is establishment of residential degree colleges from this June, starting with year I, to be upgraded to cover the full courses in the coming three years.
AP to seek $1 billion World Bank credit line.
The Andhra Pradesh government is seeking to raise $1 billion (about Rs. 6,600 crore) from the World Bank to meet the funding requirements for the Greenfield capital city of Amaravati. This follows a recent approval accorded by the Centre on a request made by the State government seeking its nod to pursue the $1 billion credit line from the World Bank.
The Centre has given has given in-principle nod for loan support. Even though there have been discussions, the whole process of loan approval may take several months of negotiations and after final consent of the Central government.
Andhra Pradesh began with a deficit of Rs. 16,000 crore. Its two major projects of construction of the multi-purpose Polavaram irrigation project and the capital city of Amaravati are totally dependent on the Centre for funding.
The State has thus far received about Rs. 1,850 crore. Of this, it has spent more than Rs. 850 crore towards payment of compensation to farmers under the land pooling initiative for the capital.

April 18

Govt. to start fodder banks in all villages.
The Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has directed the officials to start fodder banks in all the villages in the State.
At a review meeting that every government department should work in tandem and coordination. The officials should ensure that water scarcity, fodder, drinking water, horticulture crops would not be affected due to summer.
At least 50 acres land in every village should be identified for the fodder banks. If required, the land should be taken on rental basis and adding, the officials should take necessary steps and ensure that drinking water problem would not arise.
The irrigation department, MNREGA and agriculture should work in coordination. The works can be taken up under MNREGA programme . The farm ponds should be ready before rainy season. Making 10 lakh farm ponds ready before rainy season would help in saving flood water resources.
Mission Kakatiya starting to bear fruit.
Mission Kakatiya, the Telangana government’s flagship programme aimed at restoring minor irrigation sources like tanks and other water bodies to help small and marginal farmers, has not just increased water retention capacity by de-silting, but has also improved on-farm moisture retention capacity.
When local farmers used silt lifted from the water bodies in their respective fields, it was noticed that moisture retention according to a pilot study by ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics).
The study in water bodies where works were completed showed that the addition of tank silt by 50 to 375 tractor loads per hectare improved available water content by 0.002 to 0.032 g in the soil.
An increase in clay was noticed from 20 to 40 per cent in the root zone. A decrease in coarse and fine sand was also noticed, while there was no change in pH, EC and organic carbon.
Increase in farmers’ income, crop intensification and diversification, fisheries/ livestock development, rise in groundwater levels are among the objectives while plantation of toddy trees on bund slopes is expected to strengthen bund plus to generate income to the rural poor.

April 19

Government issues EHS guidelines.
The State government of Andhra Pradesh has announced a series of guidelines for effective implementation of the Employees’ Health Scheme, a comprehensive cashless treatment scheme for employees and pensioners of the State government and their dependent family members.
The government has released Rs. 50 crore to NTR Vaidya Seva as one-time advance to establish EHS revolving fund to be operated exclusively for the employees healthcare.
The amount would be treated as permanent advance to the implementing agency, NTR Vaidya Seva, and should be replenished every month or earlier based on the submission of the statement of expenditure by the NTR Vadiya Seva Trust Chief Executive Officer.
All-in-one app for Hyderabad Police.
Hyderabad police have an integrated one for their internal use. HYDCOP, the new mobile phone-based app was formally released by Telangana DGP Anurag Sharma at the Hyderabad commissionerate office.
Stating that it was time to leapfrog forward, field-level policemen will receive real-time intelligence feeds through the new app. The app will be a game changer, transforming Hyderabad police into smart cops.
Incident Management, one of the options in the app, helps policemen who reach the spot after an incident send ‘notifications’ (alerts) to all near-by police officers. Details of the incident, be it in the form of photos, videos, or voice notes, can be sent to the officers by uploading them.
Third Eye, which policemen had been using for a long time now, will be useful to identify suspects in an offence by verifying vehicle registration or mobile phone number.

April 20

Naidu to lay stone for Electronics Park in Hindupur.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation stone for India’s largest electronics manufacturing cluster ELCINA Raaga Mayuri Electronics Park at Chilamathur village in Hindupur assembly constituency of Anantapur district.
Taken up in collaboration with Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA), the 50-acre industrial park is being developed by Raaga Myuri Builders and KJR Group.
The KJR Group has entered into MoUs for establishment of eight electronic component units for defence and aerospace sectors among others. These include Digital Circuits, Memory Electronics, Stanish Semiconductors, Cyrma Technology, East India Group, Vinyas Innovative Technologies, Stacy Health Care Products, and DCS Cable Assembly.
Though located on 50 acres, the park will have high rise buildings of 30 to 35 floors each and, therefore, can provide job opportunities to thousands of people in the State.
Intel sets up 10 Unnati Kendras in Telangana.
Intel has opened Unnati Kendras (UKs) in 10 towns in Telangana. The Common Service Centres have come up in Warangal, Nalgonda, Medak, Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar, Adilabad, and Ranga Reddy districts.
Each ‘Unnati Kendra’ will be equipped with Intel-powered devices, local language content, and relevant training modules for non-urban citizens in the State, creating opportunities for skill development and digital empowerment.

April 21

Plastics centre coming up in Vijayawada.
Vijayawada will soon get a Rs. 50 crore facility to give a fillip to the plastics industry. It will be developed by the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET).
The Centre and the State governments will share the costs equally. The AP government has allotted 12.04 acres at Surampalli village of Gannavaram mandal for the facility. It is expected to help plastics industry in Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Guntur and Renigunta in the State.
The CIPET had launched its training activities at the premises of the Vijayawada Auto Cluster Development Company, Kanuru near Vijayawada. It is offering specialised and practical oriented courses in plastics engineering & technology in line with the industry requirements.

April 22

Centre to allocate Rs. 10,000 crore for IT region in Hyderabad.
The Union government would invest Rs. 10,000 crore for the proposed IT Investment Region (ITIR) in Hyderabad. The city was among the first metro that were sanctioned ITIRs in the erstwhile UPA government.
The NDA government came to power. The government is reportedly planning changes to the project. Addressing a meeting on ‘Ease of doing business in Telangana’ organised by Assocham, Telangana.
The government would announce Rs. 10,000 crore for the project. Hyderabad had emerged as the second top hub for IT exports with Rs. 67,000 crore last year.
The IT industry would focus on creation of IT products and services that define new opportunities in the global markets.
Stating that the State was providing uninterrupted power supply to the industry, the government introduced TS-iPASS (Telangana State Industrial Project Approval and Self-Certification System) to provide conducive environment for industrial growth. ''TS-IPASS is a concept to provide all entry level services to entrepreneurs with minimum interference from departments in a transparent manner within specified time leading to hassle-free approval''.

April 23

Minister opens art expo on welfare schemes.
Social Welfare Minister Ravela Kishore Babu expressed that art was a powerful medium that enabled one to put across a point vividly. Fine arts were our cultural wealth that needed to be preserved for posterity.
An art exhibition organised on the theme Chandranna Sankshema Paalana by Cultural Centre of Vijayawada (CCV). The three-day art exhibition displays works of art teachers and students from across the 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Schools
Mallikarjun Rao, Executive Director, AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC), who is an artist in his own right, painted Mr. Naidu’s vision on the State development.

April 24

State gearing up for total electrification of households.
The Andhra Pradesh power utilities are gearing up to achieve the rare distinction of cent percent electrification of households, including those in the rural and remote areas.
Over 1.37 lakh households were provided electricity connection in 2014-15. The number went up by another 2.37 lakh in 2015-16.
The government has set a deadline of May this year to complete electrification of the remaining 2.09 lakh households. The power utilities are working overtime to provide power connections to these houses.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is likely to declare completion of 100 per cent electrification of all households in the State tentatively on June, making the State the first in achieving the distinction.
ITC to make Guntur its agribusiness hub.
ITC limited is set to make Guntur its hub for agribusiness operations. The company aims at consolidating its hold on its branded packaged foods business.
Guntur will become the country’s hub for procurement of food grains as we march on to realise our dream to consolidate our FMCG market share of Rs. 1 lakh crore by the year 2030.
This will be the hub for procurement of all commodities, crop development, research, and food safety sectors.
For over 100 years, ITC-Leaf Tobacco Division, India’s largest buyer of leaf tobacco, has been working with farmers in Guntur and Prakasam districts. The corporate giant is now set to leave its footprints on the capital region with an investment close to Rs. 500 crore.
ITC is investing Rs. 250 crore for setting up office and residential towers for over 100 families who work in the agribusiness division. This apart, ITC is establishing the first-of-its five-star hotel, Fortune Select, its chain of hotels at Vidya Nagar on the Ring Road with an investment of Rs. 150 crore.

April 25

NIT Warangal bags Centre’s project to train teachers.
The National Institute of Technology (NIT) has bagged a prestigious project from the Centre, where in it would train faculty of private engineering colleges of five States in the country.
The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY), Government of India, has decided to open seven Electronics, Information and Communication Academies (ICT) across the country to equip teachers with more skills and enable them to produce students who can secure jobs.
Nearly 80 per cent of students coming out of engineering colleges in the country are unemployable as they lack the subject and required skills. The colleges employ teachers with poor skills and qualifications.
The NIT has received Rs. 25 crore from the Central government to start the centre. It would train teachers from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa, and Andaman and Nicobar.
The centre named as ICT Academy is headed by Prof Somayajulu as chair professor at NIT, Warangal.
The academy was supposed to train 4,000 teachers per year offering five to ten-day short-term courses. It would collaborate with premier companies such as IBM, CDAC, TCS, and Infosys, among others, to equip teachers with the latest advancements in their field of study.
Renewable energy management centers planned in districts.
The New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP) has proposed to set up Renewable Energy Management Centres (REMC) in all districts in the years ahead. The first such facility will be coming up in the Green Energy Corridor being established in Anantapur and Kadapa districts.
The REMC will monitor renewable generation on a real-time basis and also make forecasts for hassle-free integration of solar and wind energies with the grid. A nascent stage and they will facilitate proper scheduling and dispatch of the renewable forms of energy.
Coupled with the renewable energy storage facilities which are being built in Andhra Pradesh as a pilot project, the REMC will ensure optimum utilisation of solar and wind energies. It will also be useful in smooth transition from the existing solar/ wind model to hybrid power.

Medak NIMZ.
Government has granted final approval to the National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) at Medak District, Telangana 2016.
As per the Detailed Project Report (DPR), submitted by the state Government of Telangana for final approval, the estimated total investment by manufacturing industry by the end of the ultimate phase of NIMZ development is Rs. 17,300 Crores and the direct & indirect employment generation is about 2.77 lakhs.
Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd.(TSIIC) has acquired 3501 acres of land out of a total 12635 acres of land for NIMZ.

April 26

All bus stations to have branded pharma outlets.
Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation Vice-Chairman and Managing Director N. Sambasiva Rao plans were afoot to setup pharmacy outlets at bus stations across the state.
Mr. Sambasiva Rao inaugurated Apollo Pharmacy’s medical store at the departure block of Pundit Nehru Bus Station.
Having quick access to medicines keeps the needy passengers confident and to achieve the same all the important bus stations will be equipped with branded pharma stores which we don’t have so far. Pharmacy chains Apollo and MedPlus have come forward to set up stores all over.
Construct water harvesting structures in market yards, Minister tells officials.
Minister for Major Irrrigation T. Harish Rao has informed officials to take measures for the construction of water harvesting structures in all agricultural market yards to tap every drop of rain.
Mission Kakatiya works and development of Korutla village tank into a mini tank bund at a cost of Rs. 3.27 crore. They also participated in the swearing-in ceremony of AMC chairpersons and members of Korutla Agricultural Market Committee.
The authorities to construct water harvesting structures in all AMCs during this summer season so that that water was not wasted and the ground could be re-charged. They were constructing go-downs at a cost of Rs. 1,024 crore to store 14 lakh metric tonnes of farmers produce in the State.

April 27

Telangana excise dept goes hi-tech.
Telangana Excise department now has a high-tech command and control centre for its enforcement wing and a modern portal. The centre was inaugurated by Hyderabad Police Commissioner M Mahendar Reddy.
The centre has video conference facility connecting 10 deputy commissioners and 23 excise superintendents across the 10 districts of the State with a National Informatics Centre server-based desktop video conferencing system.
There is also a 30-line teleconference facility. An existing toll-free facility bearing the number 1800-425-2523 for registration of complaints from general public has also been integrated with the command centre.
TTD to build temple in Hyderabad.
The TTD has resolved to construct a temple of Lord Venkateswara at Banjara Hills in Hyderabad at a cost of Rs. 18 crore.
TTD Chairman Ch. Krishnamurthy, who chaired the meeting of the board of trustees that the foundation stone for the prestigious project would be laid shortly.
This apart the board also has resolved to procure two new gold vahanams - Sarva Bhoopala and Muthyapu Pandiri - for use at the hill temple at a thumping cost of Rs. 3.86 cores besides two gold 'sataris' (sacred canopy used by the priests to bless the devout inside the sanctum) at a cost of Rs. 72.75 lakhs.
The management was ready to accept donations for the making of the ‘sataris,’ declared that the present member trustee Mr. Ramachandra Reddy has come forward to bear the cost of one 'satari'.

April 28

Telangana sanctions 2 lakh 2-bedroom houses on subsidy.
The Telangana government has approved a project to construct 2,00,000 two-bedroom houses in rural, urban areas and in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits.
In an order, the K. Chandrasekhar Rao government has decided the unit cost of two bedroom houses in the rural area will be Rs. 5,04,000 and in the urban areas it shall be Rs. 5,30,000, respectively and Rs. 7 lakh in the urban areas in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation limits will backed by the State government subsidy.
In addition, the State has fixed the infrastructure cost of each house at Rs. 1.25 lakh in rural areas and Rs. 75,000 in urban areas of GHMC limits and nine other districts.
The entire programme is proposed to be implemented in all the districts by the District Collectors and by the Commissioner in the GHMC areas. The allocation and channelization of funds is to be made by the Housing Department through the department’s specially constituted project monitoring group.

April 29

A.P. welfare hostels to residential schools.
An action plan should be prepared for converting all the hostels into residential schools by the time the next academic year commences.
The Minister held a review meeting with officials of both the departments at the Secretariat to seek the progress on residential schools. As part of this, additional rooms, new buildings should be completed by the academic year 2017-18.
School uniforms, textbooks, trunk boxes, glasses, plates, bedding material should be provided to the students in time and instructed that the bills of contracts who could not construct compound walls around residential schools and hostels of girls should be kept in abeyance.

April 30

Andhra Pradesh first state in the country to become Open Defecation Free in urban areas.
Andhra Pradesh is set to become the first State in the country to make all of its urban areas ‘Open Defecation Free’, marking the two years of the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
The State officials gave this assurance during a review of progress of Swachh Bharat Mission in all the 110 municipalities of Andhra Pradesh by Shri Rajiv Gauba, Secretary (Urban Development) at Visakhapatnam.
Shri Gauba review of progress of urban missions like Smart city Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Swachh Bharat Mission.
As against the Mission target of construction of 1,94,336 individual household toilets in urban areas of Andhra Pradesh, work has started in respect of 1,53,779 and construction of 1,04,732 toilets has already been completed.