AP Govt contemplating Statutory Authority

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Hyderabad, Mar 07 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Government is seriously contemplating to set up a Statutory Authority for equitable development of backward areas in the state.

The proposed authority would comprise three eminent experts in various fields like Economics, Sociology, an official release said here today.

The release said Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy has directed the officials to prepare a draft bill by March 14 so that it could be approved by the Cabinet on March 17 and introduce it in the current legislative session.

The Chief Minister has convened a high-level meeting comprising Finance and Legislature Affairs Minister K Rosaiah, Chief Secretary, Raghotham Rao, Personal Secretary to CM Jannat Husain and other top officials in connection with the proposed authority.

The statutory authority was needed to concentrate on 'inclusive growth or equitable human development' by developing the mandals within a district and the habitations within a mandal to reduce the gap between developed and underdeveloped areas, the Chief Minister said.

The authority would not only identify the gaps, sectors and priority works, which require immediate attention, but also suggest and advise the Government regarding the programmes to be taken up, remedies to be made besides monitoring the implementation of the development process.

It would also make suggestions to the government every year before the finalisation of the budget, the release added.

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