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TDP will continue to fight for special status to Andhra

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Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said TDP would continue its struggle till the central government accords special status to the state.

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Addressing a meeting of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Vijayawada, he said Andhra Pradesh’s case for special status was different.

He stated this a day after the central government made it clear that there is no question of according special status to any new state in the present circumstances.

Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation Rao Inderjit Singh told Lok Sabha on Friday that no state will be given special status.

The TDP chief, however, said the minister’s statement was based on the report of the 14th Finance Commission. “This does not apply to Andhra Pradesh as it’s an entirely different case,” Naidu said.

The chief minister said the state was not divided by the previous UPA government in an equitable manner. He said justice was not done to Andhra Pradesh and hence special status was being sought.

He made it clear that TDP, which is a partner in National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the center, will continue its efforts to get the special status for the state.

The meeting paid tributes to former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and also the pilgrims who died in a stampede during Godavari Pushkaram in Rajahmundry last month.

(IANS)

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Andhra Government to Give Free Smartphones to 1.4 Crore Women

1.4 crore women in Andhra to get free smartphones

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The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to give free smartphones to all members of women’s self-help groups in the state to enable them to avail various government services on digital platform.

The state has around 1.4 crore members in Development of Women and Children in Rural Area (DWCRA) groups, popularly known as the women’s self-help groups.

The phones will have Android operating system and will come with a sim card with required speed, unlimited calls, daily 50 SMSes and 1 GB data.

K. Vijayanand, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, on Wednesday said Andhra Pradesh Technology Service will be the nodal agency for procurement of the phones.

A procurement committee will announce guidelines for the same.

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A technical committee will be framing guidelines to distribute the phones.

The Internet is expected to increase the reach of citizen services being provided by the government. He said the move would help bridging the digital divide.

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The government is providing citizen services under various platforms like E-Pragati, Mee Seva, Yuva Nestam and Real Time Governance. There is also a toll-free number 1100 to lodge complaints.

There are already 900 web-based and 100 mobile applications available to provide various services to the people. (IANS)