To facilitate smooth shifting of government departments to the Capital City of Amaravati, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu today sought the report from the Committee formed to oversee shifting of government employees.
The Committee headed by Jawahar Reddy, principal secretary (Panchayat Raj) and four other IAS officers informed the Chief Minister that there are approximately 12,000 employees who should be shifted immediately.
Mr. Reddy informed the Chief Minister that Medha Towers has ready-to-occupy space for official purposes. On this, he enquired about the status of denotifying Medha Towers as SEZ so that it can be used for government offices. “There is residential accommodation available in Guntur,” Mr. Reddy informed.
Responding to this, the Chief Minister said: “Those departments which have buildings in the capital region can accommodate employees in their offices. And, those departments without offices in the region, can scout for accommodation. Ensure that you facilitate this transition smoothly.”
If possible, during this transition, the Chief Minister asked: “Can we explore an option of having special buses from Hyderabad to the Capital Region for employees?”
In the meeting, the Chief Minister was informed about the high rental values being quoted by builders in the capital region. He said that builders should not exploit the situation and cooperate in developing the region.
Discussing about the plan for October 22nd, the day Amaravati’s foundation stone will be laid, the Chief Minister asked the CRDA to design and construct a pylon which will become a symbol of Andhra Pradesh citizens’ pride. “Explore whether we can develop the location of the pylon as a beautiful public park or like a central public centre,” he added, continuing that on-ground works should begin from that day.
Meanwhile, he also added that the Capital Region Development Authority should also focus on beautification of the region. “Urban development has to happen on massive scale. Canal development, river beautification works should happen, roads and plantations have to dot the city. If we begin ths process now, this will build the momentum to building a world-class capital city. Along with focusing on the development of Amaravati, we also need to focus on peripheral beautification of existing cities and towns in the capital region and districts. This will instill confidence among and reflect our commitment,” the Chief Minister explained.
During the review meeting on various sectors in the capital region, the Chief Minister was informed that 183 people are currently undergoing training across 7 sectors. “Idetify more people who require skill upgradation and training and bring them on board. Demand-driven training should be your focus,” the Chief Minister told AP State Skill Development Corporaton (APSSDC) CEO Ganta Subbarao.
On entrepreneurship opportunities, the Chief Minister was informed that unemployed youth from 29 villages in three weeks will be trained. “Facilitate their employment through placement agencies,” the Chief Minister said.
Further, 7,000 pensioners have been added to the CRDA region. Of the total 19,679 eligible pensioners, 13,285 pensioners have already been given pensions while the rest will receive it within one week.
Additionaly, the Chief Minister was informed that Singapore consultants for capital city master plan have begun working with the CRDA. “Engage Japanese players too,” the Chief Minister added.
The Chief Minister also reviewed the progress of other projects under the CRDA such as island protection and beautification, roads and airport expansion.
Source – AP CMO