VIJAYAWADA: Underscoring the need for improving growth rate in the services sector, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has directed officials to appoint a consultancy to achieve progress in the sector.
Despite the State achieving an impressive growth of 11.72% in the first quarter of 2017-18, which is two times more than the national growth rate of 5.6 per cent, service sectors achieved only 8.67 per cent growth, the Chief Minister said and wanted the officials to strive hard for enhancing growth rate in service sector.
During a meeting with the Heads of Departments at the Interim Government Complex in Velagapudi on Friday, the Chief Minister said that agriculture and allied sectors contributed 27.60%, industry and service sectors contributed 8.05% and 8.67% respectively.The service sector had a target of 13.9%, but achieved only 8.67% in the first quarter. The trade, repair, hotel and restaurants sector grew by 11.08%, the transport and storage sector by 9.04%, financial sector by 9.54%, real estate and housing by 5.3% and public administration by 8.16%.
After going through the figures, Naidu said that there is possibility for getting good returns with less investment and generation of more employment in service sector and wanted the officials to focus on improving the sector particularly in Amaravati, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati. He asked the officials to recall the development of Hyderabad city to the present level from a level of just having a hospital and a hotel.
Corrupt officials warned
Making it clear that he kept a target to end the menace of corruption in all the government departments, Naidu warned that strong action would be initiated against corrupt officials. “As we are working in the direction to see that 80% of people should be satisfied over administration, I am firm on eliminating corruption,’’ Naidu asserted.
Per capita income
The per capita income of Andhra Pradesh is `1,22,376 in 2016-17. Compared to last year, the State’s per capita income grew by 13.1%.
The country’s per capita income is `1,03,219 in 2016-17. Andhra Pradesh is ranked 6th in the country. Haryana is the state with the highest per capita income in India (`1,80,174). The per capita income of Telangana is `55,612.
Bill Foundation tie-up
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has agreed to partner with the Andhra Pradesh government in the agriculture field. They have used a high-quality technology in Africa, under Africa Soil Information Service, for soil profiling. Through the technology, the soil profile of every landholder could be recorded through spectroscopy and digital mapping. They have agreed to share the technology with the AP Government at a meeting scheduled at the end of this month.A two-day event ‘AP Smart Landholder Summit along with Hackathon’ is scheduled to be organised in the State, for which The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be co-partners, and Bill Gates will participate in the evnt as keynote speaker.
Through different grievance redressal systems, it was found that overall, 58% (8,18,190) of people’s feedback is positive, and 42% (5,91,396) of the people are dissatisfied. People in Krishna and Guntur districts have the most number of positive feedback and Kadapa and Kurnool districts have the lowest satisfaction levels.
AP records 11.72% growth in the first quarter of 2017-18 fiscal as against 5.6 growth rate in national level
Primary sector grew by 27.60%, industrial sector by 8.05% and the service sector by 8.67%
Fisheries sector grew by 42.09% and the Animal Husbandry sector by 14.69%
Against the target of 14.65%, industry sector witnessed 8.05% growth
Against the target of 13.9%, Service Sector achieved 8.67%
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