AP Cabinet gives nod to backward areas Commission

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Hyderabad, Mar 17 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet today gave its approval for a draft bill to form a Commission for the development of backward areas in the State.

The decision to appoint the Commission, comprising experts in socio-economic field, was taken in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, as suggested by the Planning Commission to focus on developmental efforts in the backward regions, official sources said.

The three-member Commission would study on a scientific basis the backwardness of various regions and recommend to the State Government by November 31 every year the measures, for incorporating in the State budget to remove socio-economic disparities, the sources added.

The Cabinet had also approved a Bill to form a new university in Nalgonda named after Mahatma Gandhi, they said.

The Cabinet gave its nod for allocating 250 acres of land to the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, for setting up an Institute of Excellence at Mutcherala village on the city outskirts to offer world class Master of Science and Research programmes, they added.

The Cabinet also decided to provide paper mills wood pulp at the rate of Rs 1,620 per tonne as against the earlier rate of Rs 1,400 per tonne.

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