Andhra Pradesh

UNFCCC, MSSRF to work for conservation of coastal resources in Andhra Pradesh

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Chennai based M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) have agreed to work together for the conservation and adaptation initiative of coastal resources in Andhra Pradesh.

In this regard, UNFCCC has sanctioned 3.8 crore rupees through an adaptation fund for the implementation of potential adaptation strategy of MSSRF in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.

Key facts

  • The objective of the adaptation initiative is to overcome the consequences of sea level rise and seawater inundation following cyclones.
  • UNFCCC will release this adaptation fund through the state owned National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
  • The main focus will be to restore the Sorlagondi mangrove forest cover in Krishna district.
  • It will seek to improve the mangrove forest cover in 200 acres and fish cultivation in around 50 acres of mangrove forest as per roadmap prepared.
  • For the conservation of coastal resources purpose the abandoned land will be brought under fish cultivation in the 3 villages of Nali and Sorlagondi in Nagayalanka mandal and Basavanipalem in Koduru mandal.
  • Landless families will be involved in cage cultivation which will be undertaken brackish water by setting up as many as 10 cages in the three villages adopted by MSSRF.


Tata Trusts ink MoU with Andhra Pradesh Government to develop 264 Smart Villages

Tata Trusts has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh Government to develop 264 villages.

Under this initiative, all 264 villages in the Vijayawada constituency will be developed in order to transform them into smart villages.

The project has been jointly undertaken by local Lok Sabha MP Kesineni Srinivas and the Tata Trust as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of Tata Group.

It should be noted that this is the first of its kind of project undertaken by Tata Trust in the country to develop all villages of a single Parliamentary constituency.

As part of this initiative, the trusts will work in the areas of education, drinking water, health and nutrition, self-employment for the youth, bamboo cultivation, fisheries etc. by developing each village. Around 2.5 lakh households in all villages of this constituency will benefit from this ambitious project.

The identified activities which will be under taken in this initiative are based on comprehensive household survey in all villages which was conducted by Tata Trust.


Tata Trusts to develop 264 villages in Vijayawada under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana(SAGY) initiative

Tata Trust to develop 264 villages in Vijayawada Lok Sabha constituency of Andhra Pradesh under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana(SAGY) initiative.

This is fruit of the labor of existing MP of Vijayawada Srinivas Kesineni, who had approached Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Sons seeking his collaboration to develop model villages in his constituency under SAGY initiative.

This initiative by the Tata Trusts is first of its kind where a Trust had planned to bring about grass-root level changes and to develop model village under SAGY initiative.


  • Tata Trusts has come forward with an objective to build self sustainable and self driven villages with a focus on the well-being and happiness of the poor in 264 villages.
  • The project has excluded the Vijayawada city and other urban areas in the constituency.
  • Andhra Pradesh has endorsed the idea and will support the project by providing Rs 600 crore-Rs 700 crore funds under the governmental schemes.
  • For this project Tata Trust has recruited over 1,400 volunteers from these villages who will also get training for the job.

About Tata Trust:

In 1892 the founder of Tata group, Jamsetji Tata led the first Trust JN Tata Endowment, later the two sons of Jamsetji Tata formed the Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) in 1919 and the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust in 1932. Today these Trusts annually support premier academic institutions, community and social causes and programmes for the uplift of the under-privileged in India.

It should be noted that it is Tata Trust that holds maximum stakes (66 per cent) in Tata Group this tells that it is Tata Trust that runs Tata Group.

About Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY)

SAGY encourages Members of Parliament (MP’s) from both Houses to identify and develop one village from their constituency as a model village Under this scheme, MPs will be responsible for developing the socio-economic and physical infrastructure of three villages each by 2019, and a total of eight villages each by 2024.