AP Per capita better than many states

He was in Amaravati as part of his tour to various states in the country to discuss state specific growth strategies with their chief ministers.

Vijayawada: While there has been a clamour in the state for Special Category status to the state’s all-round development, Niti Aayog vice chairman Rajeev Kumar said Andhra Pradesh's per capita income is better than that of other states.

He was in Amaravati as part of his tour to various states in the country to discuss state specific growth strategies with their chief ministers. He met Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and discussed the state’s vision and targets set by the Chief Minister.

On Thursday, he visited the Real Time Governance (RTG) station where he was impressed. Rajeev Kumar said that the state government stands as a role model for other states and has been ahead in implementing RTG. He assured all possible help from Niti Aayog to solve any problems of the state.

To a query on the demand from various quarters for special category status, Kumar said that Andhra Pradesh’s per capita income was better than other states in the country, indirectly hinting that the state does not need such special category status.

He exhorted the need for mutual cooperation among states for development of the nation. He also said works on coastal economic zones are going on a brisk pace. He added work on two such zones, one each on the east and west, are underway. Rajeev Kumar also said that his team will visit Polavaram project and oversee the works that were underway at the multi purpose project

Cloud policy may get approval soon

The State Cabinet is likely to approve the cloud hub policy, at the proposed Cabinet meeting on January 20. Since more than 80 per cent of business across the South Asian markets saw an improvement in security after switching to the cloud technology, the ministry of IT, GoAP has started examining all aspects related to the cloud technology.

The ministry has found that by using encryption, information is less accessible by hackers or anyone not authorised to view the data, and accordingly is framing the policy to protect government-related documents. AP Government's cloud policy will ensure safe handling of data.

While there is an opinion that notification rules need to be negotiated in the cloud service agreement so that customers are not caught unaware, the policy makers for cloud hub are trying to find out alternatives for the same.

"Any new system will have definite challenges, and similarly, the hub policy also will have to address several issues before getting finalised", a senior IT officer observed and added that the policy would focus more on security.

"The IT Minister Mr. Nara Lokesh himself is very particular in bringing a very proactive cloud hub policy, which would be beneficial to the Government, and also to the software companies coming up in the State", he explained.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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