Andhra Pradesh

Policy soon to promote population growth

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu releasing a White Paper on ‘Human Resources and Social Development’, at Praja Vedika on Friday.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu releasing a White Paper on ‘Human Resources and Social Development’, at Praja Vedika on Friday.   | Photo Credit: HAND OUT

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CM releases White Paper on ‘Human Resources and Social Development’

Keeping the demographic dividend in view, the State government has plans to encourage population growth and announce a suitable policy in this regard. As a step in that direction, the government is contemplating doing away with the two-child norm which is currently applicable to local body elections, said Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

Releasing a White Paper on ‘Human Resources and Social Development’ on Friday, the Chief Minister said that 50% population in the country would be below 25 years age by 2029, while countries such as China and Japan would be with a population with age more than 38 years.

Andhra Pradesh should not lag behind in that demographic advantage. So, the government was contemplating announcing a policy to encourage population growth, he said.

“Two decades ago, I was the first person to take the initiative in population control. I realised that at a certain time there will be no younger generation due to population control. We should not face similar experience which Japan and China are facing,” he said.

Budget allocations

Underscoring the importance of human capital, the State government spent ₹1.31 lakh crore on Human Resource Development in the State in the last four and half years.

The budget allocation for school education increased from ₹12,595 crore in 2014-15 to ₹21,612 crore in 2018-19. The budget for higher education has increased from ₹3,087 crore in 2014-15 to ₹3,349 crore in 2018-19.

The Overall budget allocated to the Education Department has gone up from ₹15,681 crore in 2014-15 to ₹24,961 crore in 2018-19, he said.

Health sector

Referring to medical and health sector, the Chief Minister said urban health centres, NTR Vaidya Pariksha, Bala Suraksha, e Owshadi, health and wellness centres, Mahaprastanam, NTR Baby kits, Chandranan Sanchara Chikitsa, e Eye centres and 108 bike ambulances were introduced in the State.

The decrease in MMR from 83 (2014-15) to 65.81(2018-19) and IMR from 37(2014) to 10.51 (2018-19), decrease in per capita out of pocket expenditure on healthcare, increase in outpatient percentage in public health facilities, increase in institutional deliveries were some of the achievements, he said.

HRD Minister Ganta Srinivas Rao, Civil Supplies Minister Prathipati Pulla Rao, Women and Child Welfare Minister Paritala Sunita, Tourism Minister Bhuma Akhila Priya, Medical Education Minister N. Md. Farooq were present.

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