Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana introduce 5 lakh rupees Accident Insurance Scheme for transport drivers

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states have jointly launched a new five-lakh rupees Accident Insurance Scheme for transport drivers.

The scheme came into on 1 May 2015 coinciding with the May Day (International Labour Day).

It was formally launched by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu at Rajhamundry while Telangana Chief Minister Chandrasekhara Rao made the announcement in Hyderabad.

Under the Accident Insurance Scheme

  • The registered transport drivers will get a Rs 5 lakh insurance cover.
  • The enrolled will get an accident death insurance of Rs 2 lakh under the Pradhan Mantri Bima Suraksha Yojana by opening a Jan Dhan Yojana account.
  • While the insurer will give Rs 3 lakh for which both states government will ink a MoU.
  • This scheme apart from providing monetary insurance will also cover education of two children of the beneficiary.

The Transport drivers have to register their names on a specified portal named labour.ap.gov.in to facilitate the initiatives. The Labour Department will issue Smart cards to all those who are registered under the scheme.

Under this programme, about 11 lakh transport drivers and journalists in the two Telugu states will be benefited. About 16 thousand Home Guards in Telangana will also be benefited by the scheme.

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Andhra Pradesh Government inks MoU with IISL Company to replace streetlights in 13 municipalities with LED lights

Andhra Pradesh Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the IISL Company to replace the existing streetlights in 13 municipalities with LED lights in the state.

MoU was signed by Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development P. Narayana and IISL’s representatives in Amaravati, the new capital state.

As per the agreement, IISL will maintain replace and maintain LED streetlights in the 13 municipalities for seven years.

The all existing streetlights in all the municipal corporations and municipalities will be changed to LED streetlights in a phased manner.

By installing LED streetlights, state government aims to reduce the power consumption by 50 per cent.

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Amaravathi named as new capital of Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh government has approved Amaravathi as name of the new capital city of the state coming up in the Vijayawada-Guntur region.

The name Amaravathi was chosen in view of the historical and spiritual significance as it was ancient seat of Satavahana ruler’s kingdom.

Decision in this regard was taken by Andhra Pradesh Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Apart from this, cabinet also approved the first phase of the master plan prepared by Singapore government.

Facts about ancient Amaravathi city

  • Amaravathi is located on the banks of river Krishna. It was the capital seat of Satvahana rulers for 400 years who ruled 2nd century BCE to 3rd century CE.
  • The city derives its name from Lord Amareswara temple in the village. It is also known as ‘Dakshina Kashi’ (Kashi of the south).
  • It also has Buddhist significance. It is believed that Lord Buddha had visited the city. It is also believed that King Ashoka and famed Chinese traveller Hsuan Tsang have visited the city.

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