HYDERABAD: Alleging that the previous Congress regime in Andhra Pradesh had made the State suffer on all fronts whether it was general administration or irrigation or education or any other sector by resorting to corrupt practices, AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said his government would provide a responsible, effective and good administration to the people by giving top priority to citizens’ safety.
In order to ensure safety and security of every citizen in the State, if necessary the government would make appropriate amendments to the existing laws apart from strengthening the police force so as to provide a ‘safe environment’ for all people, particularly women, he added.
Naidu further promised to the people that he would take all required steps so that proactive, transparent and citizen-friendly governance is in place in the reorganised AP in the coming days.
As part of his exercise of releasing series of white papers on the State’s present situation in various key departments, Naidu on Wednesday came out with white paper on governance.
Speaking to reporters on this occasion here, the Chief Minister alleged that erstwhile Congress government had looted the exchequer by resorting to unethical practices in land and mining leases allotments as well as awarding of government contracts or licences.
“By killing transparency and substituting special interest for public interest, then Congress governments both at the Centre and the State perpetuated new methods of corporate corruption that resulted in various scams,” Naidu said. “Because of the misrule of the Congress, the common man as well as the State has suffered on all counts.”
According to Naidu, experience shows that chronic poverty is generally associated with poor governance and persistent poverty is seen to be result of inefficient and poor use of public funds, corruption and poor service delivery. Hence, there has been a renewed emphasis on improving the quality of governance across the world.
In the white paper, Naidu said benchmarks for good governance would be evolved on issues such as - improving service delivery, taking up development programmes for weaker sections of people, technology and system improvements, financial management and budget sanctity, accountability and transparency, public service and anti-corruption measures and incentivising reforms. Hence, his government would follow all these steps in governance to provide an effective administration.
Naidu alleged that during 2004-2014 there was a sharp spurt in political murders, white collar Crimes and cases like money laundering and others.
All Services to Go Online
Naidu said very soon all services of the government would be available online. While addressing concluding session of the two-day training programme for mayors and municipal chairpersons, that held at Marri Channa Reddy Human Resource Development Institute here, Naidu said the government would develop 14 ports and 14 airports across the reorganised State so as to make it No 1 on industrial development front. Stating that the govt is planning to remove the staff in various municipalities who were appointed by the then Congress govt on outsourcing basis, the CM asked the mayors and municipal chairpersons to focus their attention on raising the revenue in the cash-starved state.