Andhra Pradesh Current Affairs

Andhra Pradesh Government launches 60 Anna Canteens

Andhra Pradesh Government has launched 60 Anna Canteens across the state in the first phase to provide subsidised food to urban poor. These canteens aim to tackle hunger in urban areas. They will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner at Rs 5 a meal. They will be run by Akshaya Patra Foundation.

Key Facts

The first Anna Canteen named former undivided Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N T Rama Rao was launched in March 2016. It was opened on pilot basis close to Government Transitional Headquarters at Velgapudi in Amaravati. Later, only three more canteens were opened at other places. Now State Government has come out with plan to set up 203 ‘Anna Canteens’ across the state.

Other States having subsidised food canteens are

Tamil Nadu is first state of launch ‘Amma’ canteens in February 2013 in Chennai. It success had inspired other states to adopt the concept of subsidised food canteens. Rajasthan (Annapurna Rasoi Yojana), Madhya Pradesh (Deendayal canteens), Delhi (Aam Aadmi canteens), Odisha, and Karnataka have started their own versions of subsidised food canteens.


UNESCO to set up Design University for Gaming in Visakhapatnam

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will set up ‘Design University for Gaming’ in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. In this regard, UNESCO delegation has entered into an agreement with Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB).

Design University for Gaming

The Design University for Gaming will help UNSECO to develop edutech gaming in state, with the target of providing 50,000 jobs in 10 years.  For this UNESCO has requested State Government to provide 100 acres of land in Visakhapatnam for developing the city as International Gaming and Digital Learning Hub. Gaming and IT giants like UBSoft, Samsung, Microsoft etc are ready to establish their centres in Visakhapatnam.

United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

UNESCO is UN organization that helps preserve historical and cultural sites worldwide. It is special multi-country agency, formed in 1945 and based in France. It promotes literacy and sex education as well as improving gender equality in countries around world. It is also known for recognising world heritage sites and work to preserve cultural and heritage sites such as ancient ruins, villages and temples, and historic sites.