Amaravati: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu advised the officials to utilise the Grama Darsini programme for the development of villages and to increase the satisfaction levels of people. Addressing a workshop on Grama Darsini at Mangalagiri on Wednesday, he said Grama Darsini provided an opportunity to resolve the grievances of people.
“As a Chief Minister, I got the opportunity and as officials, you can use the opportunity to serve people,” he said. He said that every village will be developed as a tourism destination and village tourism would be encouraged by improving infrastructure in villages.
The Chief Minister said Rs 12,184 crore was spent to improve infrastructure in villages under NREGS. Cement roads were laid at a stretch of 18,857 km at a cost of Rs 4,550 crore; 6.57 lakh farm ponds were developed at a cost of Rs 1547 crore and 2,790 gram panchayat buildings were constructed at a cost of Rs 182 crore. He said that despite the State bifurcation crisis, the State government introduced several welfare programmes and achieved a 10.5 per cent growth rate for the past four years consecutively. The per capita income increased by Rs 50,000 during the period.
The Chief Minister said the State achieved 11 per cent growth in agriculture sector compared to 2.2 per cent at the national level. A target was set to extend the cultivation area to 2 crore acres and horticulture in one crore acres. The micro irrigation programme was taken up in 33 lakh acres and it would be extended up to one crore acres within the next seven years.
The State government had taken the initiative to develop Rayalaseema region as horticulture hub, he said. Steps had been taken to supply water to Rayalaseema and increase the ground water level.
“We are marching forward in the industrial sector and 13 projects completed so far. The Kia motors will launch its first car by January 2019,” he revealed.
The Chief Minister said construction of 5.91 lakh houses completed in rural areas at a cost of Rs 6,221 crore. He said AP should be developed as happy and healthy Andhra Pradesh and it should be in top 10 position in the world. He said the AP bagged 511 awards and it is a collective victory of all.