Vijayawada: Governor of Andhra Pradesh Biswabhushan Harichandan on Tuesday said that decentralisation of administration has been the key principle based on which the legislation is in the process to have three capitals (executive, legislature and judicial) concept in Andhra Pradesh.

The Andhra Pradesh Legislature on Tuesday set a new record of first assembly in the country to hold the Budget Session under the shadow of Covid-19 pandemic amid unprecedented measures.

Governor of Andhra Pradesh Biswabhushan Harichandan addressed the state Legislature through video conference from Raj Bhavan to formally mark the beginning of the session. Probably it is for the first time in the state legislature in the country that the Governor remotely delivered the customary address.

The Governor stressed the three capitals concept, Vizag as executive capital, Kurnool as jJudicial capital and Amaravati as legislative capital of Andhra Pradesh for the decentralisation of the administration.

Wearing face masks, the legislators sat as per the new seating arrangement to ensure social distancing to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, some of his Cabinet colleagues and MLAs, however, were seen without masks.

The Governor asserted that Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy's government had implemented several welfare schemes in Andhra Pradesh during the last year and the people in the state are happy with the government's welfare schemes.

The Governor said that the state achieved a growth rate of 8.16 per cent in the 2019-20. The growth in agriculture and allied sectors is expected to be 8 per cent. The industrial sector recorded a growth rate of 5 per cent."

He said that 40 per cent of the schemes that are not promised in the election are being implemented successfully. Over 3.98 crore people have benefited under various schemes this year. The per capita income is up 12 per cent compared to last year.

Of the 129 guarantees, 77 guarantees were fulfilled, 39 guarantees are under consideration while 40 guarantees that were not in the manifesto were also fulfilled, the Governor said.

Over 3.98 crore people were benefited under various schemes such as Amma Vodi implemented for the welfare of children's education and mothers, over 48,000 schools would be modernised in three years.

He said that under the health scheme Rs 1,534 crore was spent and 6.25 lakh people benefited from it. Over Rs 1,105 crore was spent for Jagannanna Gorumundu scheme to provide nutritious food to the students. “I am hoping that Andhra Pradesh will see better days,” he concluded.

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