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Will fast track Andhra’s forest land demand: Javadekar

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New Delhi: Environment and Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said his ministry will fast track a proposal by Andhra Pradesh for clearing forest land for creation of its new capital Amravati.

“We will facilitate the creation of a new capital at Amravati and have today (Friday) discussed all modalities and issues arising out of it,” Javadekar said after a meeting with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

The minister said there were 42 degraded forest blocks, for which the state government will be submitting a hard copy of the proposal instead of online submission.

“We have discussed all issues with the state government and have today accepted the proposal. A special forest appraisal committee will assess the proposal sooner than later and will fast track this project,” he said.

“We will not be a roadblock but a facilitator.”

Javadekar pointed out that the state would undertake greening of double-degraded forest and create more forests in the new capital.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Chief Minister Naidu said: “I requested him (Javadekar) to give forest land for the construction of the new capital.

“We have given the proposal and the ministry will examine everything and will take a decision soon.”

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju and Minister of State of Science and Technology Y.S. Chowdary also attended the meeting.

Andhra Pradesh will lay the foundation stone of the new state capital Amravati in Guntur district on October 22.

(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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Smartphone by OnePlus. Flickr

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)