States - 2017 MAY

May 1

Andhra Pradesh State will generate 1,000 MW of solar energy in next three years.
Andhra Pradesh Energy Minister K. Kala Venkata Rao would generate 1,000 MW of solar energy in the next three years besides strengthening the hydro electrical and thermal power stations.
Mr. Rao, also the in-charge of the Kakinada Parliamentary constituency, reviewed various development works in progress in the constituency with the officials and local elected representatives.
Kakinada MP Tota Narasimham, and Zilla Parishad chairman Namana Rambabu were present.

May 2

Rs. 1,410 crore Central funds sought for elevated corridors.
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has requested the Central Government to take up works on construction of elevated corridors on the highways connecting Warangal, Bengaluru and Vijayawada to ease the traffic congestion on these routes.
The Union Ministry to sanction Rs. 950 crore for the construction of 6.4 km elevated corridor from Uppal to Ghatkesar on the Hyderabad-Warangal highway.
The Centre should grant Rs. 290 crore for taking up elevated corridor of 10 km from Aramghar to Shamshabad airport on the Hyderabad-Bengaluru highway and another Rs. 170 crore for utility corridor (including service roads) of 26 km on Hyderabad-Suryapet-Vijayawada route.

Start-up makes tax payments easy.
Saving thousands of rupees on tax payments does not always require a dash to the tax consultant followed by a brain-storming session. A Hyderabad based portal has shown the way how to save money, legally and quickly in the confines of one's home.
The team behind has claimed that in the last 45 days, since the time it was launched, an average of Rs. 26,000 was saved on 800 Form 16 filings.
Sunil Dasari, Founder and MD of MYD labs, the start-up which launched the website, credited unique features in his website for getting traction and growing at rate of 500 per cent monthly in terms of customer base.

Eco-tourism project inside Mrugavani Park cleared in Hyderabad.
It will be possible for citizens to go for a safari drive into the wildlife just outside the city with the Government accepting the Forest Department proposals to develop an Eco-tourism project inside the Mrugavani National Park with the help of a private agency.
Located at Chilkuru in Moinabad, and declared as National Park in 1994, the area is spread over 3.5 sq km. It is the home to close to 600 species of plants and animals - foxes, black-naped hares, wild boars, Indian vipers and so on.
The chosen agency, Laxmi Jyothi Eco-Tourism & Jungle Resorts Pvt. Ltd., has been permitted to bring visitors from the resort for a drive inside the National Park for viewing wildlife with a maximum of 90 trips to be allowed on a monthly payment of Rs. 10,000 to the Forest Department.

May 3

Vijayawada Airport is now international airport.
The Union Cabinet has approved the declaration of Vijayawada Airport as International Airport, as per the provisions of Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014.
The Vijayawada airport is currently undergoing infrastructural up gradations and improvement in facilities for international operations.
The up gradation works are being carried out by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

May 5

Vijayawada climbs up in rankings.
Vijayawada was ranked 19th in the Swachh Survekshan 2017 rankings. Last year, the city was ranked 23rd out of the 73 cities that were surveyed.
Vijayawada was declared the 'fastest moving city in south zone'. Former Municipal Commissioner G. Veerapandian, Mayor K. Sridhar, in-charge commissioner D. Chandrasekhar and others received the award from Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi.

Hyderabad ranks 22nd in Swachh Survekshan.
The renewed efforts of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to introduce and strengthen various sanitation and civic initiatives reflected in the Swachh Survekshan - 2017 rankings.
The GHMC was ranked 22 out of 434 cities and towns across the country which were assessed on various parameters.
The GHMC was awarded an overall score of 1,605 out of 2,000 based on the marks received in the categories of Citizen Feedback, Municipal Self Declaration and On-Site Observation.

May 11

Telangana first state to have logo for vehicles driven by persons with hearing impairment.
Telangana is the first state to introduce a logo for identifying vehicles driven by persons with hearing impairment. The logo is designed by the Hyderabad based graphic designer Manikanta Annapragada.
Manikanta is the first person to obtain a driving license in the hearing impaired category. The Union Transport Ministry in November 2016 had directed all state governments that if the driver passes regular tests then the driving license should be grant to the person with hearing impairment.
For two wheelers, the logo should be four inches high and three inches wide on the rear side, and three inches tall and two inches wide on the front.
For four wheelers the logo should be six inches tall and five inches wide at the rear side and four inches tall and three inches wide in the front.

May 12

Telangana to host first Videsh Sampark.
Telangana will host the first outreach programme of the Ministry of External Affairs 'Videsh Sampark', to engage the State governments to create awareness about various programmes of the Ministry.
The conference will be held on May 13 in the city which will be inaugurated by the Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen. V.K. Singh.
IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao, Home Minister Nayani Narsimha Reddy along with senior officials from various departments will participate. SPs from 12 districts from which a large number of migrant workers go for overseas employment will also participate.
The conference will create awareness on the schemes and initiatives launched by the Ministry with regard to consular and passport services; engagement with overseas Indians and welfare and protection of overseas Indians.

May 14

HSBC plans campus for Global Service Centre in Hyderabad.
The banking major HSBC plans to establish a campus in the city large enough to consolidate the operations of its Global Service Centers that now function from four locations and together employs 7,000 people.
It will be in the Cyberabad area, Subir Mehra, Head of Global Service Centers of HSBC, about the location adding that the developer will be finalized over the next few months.
Home to several tech companies, Cyberabad denotes a number of areas, including the Financial District, Gachibowli, Hi-Tec City, and Madhapur that already has campuses of several leading firms, including that of Microsoft, Wipro and Infosys.

May 15

Andhra Pradesh, Singapore in pact for developing Amaravati startup area.
Andhra Pradesh government inked a pact with Singapore for developing an area of 6.84 km at capital Amaravati as startup area.
The Pact between the governments of Andhra Pradesh and Singapore include economic development, master development of the startup area in Amaravati.
Amaravati Development Partner (ADP) will develop an area of 1,691 acres, in 15 years in three phases of each about 5 years.
It will promote bilateral trade and investments and enhancing capacities of government departments. A high Level Joint Implementation Steering Committee (JISC) will be formed for speedy implementation of the project.

May 16

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad to go 100 per cent LED-lit.
The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad has become South India’s first airport to go 100 per cent LED lit.
The airport currently caters to more than 15 Million Passengers annually with close to 400 daily air traffic movements.
Out of the 26,000 conventional lamps, more than 19,500 have been converted into LED, saving 2.2 Million Units of electricity per annum.
LED lights are close to seven times more energy efficient than the conventional incandescent lights and can even cut energy use by more than 80 per cent.

May 17

Cabinet clears draft State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) Bill.
The State Cabinet approved the draft Andhra Pradesh Goods and Services Tax (SGST) Bill, 2017. It would be tabled in the special Assembly session being held for ratification.
The Assemblies are supposed to pass the Bills for rolling out the tax regime from July. The GST is touted as the biggest reform paving the way for a unified indirect tax market.
In another significant decision, the Cabinet gave its consent to a 50 per cent hike in the salaries of the contract employees of various departments in tune with the recommendation of a Group of Ministers.

May 18

Secunderabad declared second cleanest station.
All 'A1' category stations of South Central Railway found a place in Top 20 Clean Stations of Indian Railways. Secunderabad station is the second cleanest station on Indian Railways in the A1 category, while Khammam was the second cleanest in the 'A' category stations.
An SCR release the announcements came when Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu released a Third Party Audit Report on cleanliness of stations and also inaugurated the Swachh Rail Portal in New Delhi.
South Central Railway was ranked at No. 4 in the Cleanest Railway Zone category based on the average of total scores achieved by its 'A1' & 'A' Category Stations among the total of 16 Zones on Indian Railways. All the five A1 stations on SCR - Secunderabad, Vijayawada (No. 4), Kacheguda (No. 11), Hyderabad (No. 16) and Tirupati (No. 19) figured in the list of top 20 Clean Stations.
On the other hand, in the 'A' category stations Mancherial came No. 5, Warangal (No. 8), Kazipet (No. 17), Chirala (No. 25) and Nizamabad (No. 26). Parameters adopted to accord the rankings include cleanliness in party, main entry area, platform waiting room, passenger feedback and images geo-tagged from a 24×7 control room established to monitor progress.

May 19

Andhra Pradesh to build industrial park in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe accepted the proposal of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Nadu to set up an industrial park in Sri Lanka by the Andhra Pradesh government.
Mr. Wickremesinghe informed Mr. Naidu that it was decided to allot 500 acres of land to the Government of Andhra Pradesh to develop an industrial park in Sri Lanka.

May 20

Andhra Pradesh Government to launch soon water grid project to provide safe drinking water.
Andhra Pradesh Government will soon be launching a water grid project on a fast track with an estimated cost of 8,000 crore rupees to provide safe drinking water in areas vulnerable to kidney disorders like Srikakulam and Prakasam districts.
This was stated by Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Minister Nara Lokesh in Amaravati, launching state-level call centre named ''Jalavani'' along with Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at the latter's residence at Undavalli.
The project aims to install water plants and supply safe water to the needy and that the grid would become a reality within a year.

May 21

Telangana Government to give forest land to Indian Navy.
The Telangana government is set to hand over 2,900 acres (1,174 hectares) of Damagundem Reserve Forest to Indian Navy for building an Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) base station about 60 km from Hyderabad.
The State will be left with 300 acres of the forest which will also be fenced and ringed with road by Navy.

May 22

Andhra Pradesh to conduct 20th Livestock Census using web and mobile app.
The Andhra Pradesh Government along with technology major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will conduct the 20th Livestock Census using web and mobile apps in a first of its kind operation.
The Government of India conducts the census every five years. The 20th All India Quinquennial Livestock Census 2017 is scheduled to take place from July 16 to October 15.
In all the previous 19 census, data was gathered following the traditional method of pen and paper. The Department of Animal Husbandry in the State had taken the initiative and developed the web and mobile apps.

May 23

Mobile app launched for farmers survey.
Minister for Agriculture Pocharam Srinivas Reddy launched a mobile application specially designed to collect the details of farmers along with their land holdings, types of lands, crops they cultivate and others to prepare a database as part of the Rythu Samagra Survey. The Minister also distributed tabs to the Agricultural Extension Officers (AEOs).
The mobile app named 'Maa Bhoomi-Maa Panta' (our land-our crop), designed with the cooperation of Centre for Good Governance, would help the AEOs collect the data about farmers. Based on the data, the AEOs would help the farmers by offering information on crop cultivation, management and other methods.

May 26

Telangana makes record procurement of paddy.
In Telangana the Civil Supplies Department has procured a total of 45 lakh metric tons - LMT of paddy during 2016-17 including 17 LMT in Kharif and 28 LMT in Rabi season.
The department would procure about 10 to 15 LMT more paddy, during 2010-11 Rabi season only 17 LMT of paddy was purchased in Telangana region but this year's Rabi season 28 LMT of paddy has been purchased.
A total of 2,200 crore rupees had been paid to five lakh farmers through online for the purchase of 28 lakh metric tons of paddy from 3,020 purchase centers in Telangana state, From next Kharif season onwards more purchase centers will be opened in all 31 districts.

May 27

e-PoS machines in all fair price shops across State.
The State government has decided to install e-PoS (point of sale) machines in all the 17,200 fair price shops in the State to check misuse and control of supplies in the shops.
The e-POS machines installed in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) by the civil supplies were yielding good results. On a pilot basis, similar e-PoS machines were installed in all the fair price shops in Mahabubnagar district.
Following the success of the Mahabubnagar pilot, the government has decided to install e-POS machines across the State to check misuse of the supplies and check fake beneficiaries.
The machines would recognize fingerprints of the beneficiaries and they were adding Iris scanner, electronic weighing machine, swiping Aadhaar enabled system and other features.

May 30

Arun Jaitley inaugurates Telangana solar plant, Karna windmill project.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurated a grid-connected solar power plant of 16 MW capacity at the Ordinance Factory in Telangana's Medak. He also dedicated a 9 MW capacity windmill project installed at Dammur in Karnataka at a cost of Rs. 53 crore by BEML, a defence PSU.
Jaitley dedicated both the two projects through video-link at an event. The solar power plant at Medak has been set up at a cost of Rs. 105 crore by Bharat Electronics Limited.
The plant has been set up for captive consumption of the factory, on 80 acres of spare land available with it, making it self-sufficient not only for its power requirement but also reduced carbon footprint.