The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu is making it a point to cover all the prime issues haranguing the state in the ongoing Collectors’ Conference in Vijayawada. The district collectors seem to be taking the heat literally, under the leadership of Mr Naidu.
The second day of the Collectors’ Conference saw the thought leadership come from the CM. The day began with a review of the Skill Development Mission. Mr Chandrababu Naidu stressed on the cohesion between the departments for skill upgrading. He mentioned that Andhra Pradesh is in the second position in Spoken English and computer skills. However, the state still lags behind in logical, numerical ability and behavioral skills, he said.
He directed the district collectors to provide buildings in Tirupati, Amaravati and Vijayawada for the setting up of Skill Development Centres. Each hub must be groomed into a Centre of Excellence, he said. Officials informed the Chief Minister that 73,324 people have been trained in various programmes taken up by the Skill Development Mission.
Explaining that he wants to make Andhra Pradesh a Knowledge and education hub, the Chief Minister suggested the officials to provide career counseling for students right from high-school level. “A cognitive analysis has to be done to understand how students are responding to training. This will help us understand their interests and motivate them,” he added.
During a review of the Social Empowerment Mission, officials informed that 3.42 crore outpatients were recorded in all the health centres across the state. State Health Secretary Poonam Malakondaiah informed that Tele-Radiology services will launched across the state from 1stJanuary.
This, she said, will provide digitally signed radiology reports from specialists. Andhra Pradesh is the second state to implement teleradiology in Community Health Centers. She also informed the Chief Minister that the Health department will launch a 24X7 call centre for pregnant women. The 102 call centre will also employ gynecologists who will provide any assistance for pregnant women.
Meanwhile, Krishna district collector A. Babu explained that the district administration is successfully implementing bio metric system to monitor attendance of the staff at government hospitals. The Chief Minister suggested the health department officials to explore ways to implement the scheme across all districts. He stressed on reforming the health department from next year.
Reviewing the education department, the Chief Minister directed the officials and district collectors to achieve 100% literacy rate by 2019. He also asked the collectors to take up wired and bio-fencing of nurseries on war footing. The officials sought collectors’ intervention in operations and monitoring of model primary schools in the state. The officials informed the Chief Minister that Andhra Pradesh’s mean years of schooling shows a good progress at 6.82, higher than the national average of 5.2 years. “Work towards making it closer to 10 years,” the Chief Minister said. He also directed the collectors to allot lands for the government degree colleges that are running in junior colleges.
The Chief Minister stressed on making housing a viable growth engine. Since the state is new, there is a lot of demand for construction, sand and housing. He suggested constructing house for lower-income groups, middle-income groups and higher-income groups in the same vicinity to boost economic activity.