Andhra Pradesh

Second World Congress on Disaster Management kicks off in Visakhapatnam

The second World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM) has started in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

The 4-day conference was inaugurated by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and was attended by Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Kiran Rijiju.

Key facts

  • The Congress is being jointly hosted by the Disaster Management, Infrastructure and Control Society (DMICS) and Andhra Pradesh government.
  • It will address among a host of other issues which are interconnected, complex and along with emerging risks in today societies.
  • It will also comprise technical sessions, paper presentations, exhibitions and cultural events. The first kind of such congress was held in Hyderabad in 2008.
  • Address and discuss issues such as implementation of the Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction.
  • It will further explore various dimensions of natural and manmade hazards, vulnerabilities and exposures, their impacts across sectors.
  • It will also explore the various efforts and initiatives for building resilience at all levels.
  • It will also share knowledge, experience and discussing operational and strategic level issues for reducing the risks of disasters.

It is estimated that about 1,500 delegates and policy makers from about 100 countries are likely to participate in the 4 day global meet. The outcome of the congress will be presented to the government as recommendations.


Union Government clears first batch of flagship urban projects under AMRUT

Union Government has cleared the first batch of projects under the flagship scheme of Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for 89 cities from 3 states.

It was cleared by Union Urban Development Ministry by allocating 2,786 crore rupees to facilitate development projects without any financial delays.

Key facts

  • It is for the first time in India’s urban governance, Union Urban Development Ministry has approved State level development plans unlike the past practice of appraising and approving individual projects.
  • The States that are getting benefited from these funds are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
  • These 3 states had submitted around 143 projects which have been approved after a reviewing of Union Urban Development Ministry.

About AMRUT Scheme

  • It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 2015 for urban transformation.
  • The focus of the urban renewal projects is to establish infrastructure that could ensure adequate robust sewerage networks and water supply.
  • Under this scheme: Union Government provides an assistance of 50 per cent of project cost for cities with a population of up to 10 lakhs each.
  • It provides one third of project cost for cities with a population of above 10 lakhs each.
  • Rest of the project cost has to be borne by the states and urban local bodies.


PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone for mobile manufacturing facility in Tirupati

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of Shri Venkateswara Mobile and Electronics Manufacturing Hub in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.

It is country’s first dedicated mobile manufacturing electronics cluster to be established in lines with Union Government’s flagship Make in India initiative.

In this hub, Foxconn which is world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics already has started its operations for manufacturing brands such as Xiomi and Gionee.

Other important mobile brands like Micromax, UTL (Karbonn) and Celkon are also planning to start their manufacturing operations in this hub.

The first of its king hub is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs within a year. By the year 2019, it will contribute at least 5 per cent of the all-India target of 15 lakh jobs.

Andhra Pradesh government is also working to set up design and incubation centres to make state a truly global scale mobile handset manufacturing hub.

It should be noted that Union Government has established Fast Track Task Force (FTTF) to promote mobile handset manufacturing eco-system in India.