The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers have a key role to play in building a developed India and they can do wonders if they learn continuously, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said. Addressing senior IAS officers, who had gathered at the prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie near here, he said he still considers himself as a student.
“Those who can learn continuously can do wonders…I learn from society, common man and administrators like you,” Naidu told the officers yesterday during the inaugural session of 11th round of a three-week mandatory mid-career training programme for them.
Talking about the three advantages India can make the most of in pursuit of its development goals, Naidu spoke of demographic dividend, largest English speaking population and information technology.
Another factor, he said, which is sure to work in the country’s favour is a stable government at the Centre.
“After so many years, we have a stable government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Naidu said.
“One out of four IT professionals in the world is an Indian and out of every four Indian IT professionals, one is from Andhra Pradesh,” he said.
Highlighting how technology can help in the country’s overall development, the Chief Minister presented the case study of Andhra Pradesh and spoke about various technology related reforms being implemented in the state.
“Through fibre grid, we want to reach the last mile by connecting every home in the state. Andhra Pradesh is leading with a steady growth rate. In the first quarter, it has achieved 11.72 per cent growth rate while the countrys average is 5.6 per cent. We have selected ten sectors as growth engines contributing the maximum growth of the state,” he said.
Underscoring the importance of environment, he said that the state was aiming to achieve 50 per cent green cover by 2029. “We are developing a smart water grid by conserving water and linking rivers,” he said.
Andhra Pradesh has achieved 100 per cent electrification and 24/7 power supply to every household. Now, we are going for smart power grid with the help of technology, he added.
“I had the fortune of building a brownfield city, Cyberabad. Now, I am building a greenfield city, Amaravati. My state, Andhra Pradesh is a new state, only three years old. It is like a small child. I will nurture it carefully,” the Chief Minister said.
Presenting his strategy for building the state so that it becomes the best in the country by 2029, he said that the state was implementing latest technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, drones, sensors and geo- tagging to improve governance. He also told about the concept of uberisation on how to utilise assets more efficiently.
During his presentation, he showcased CM Core dashboard built to facilitate real-time governance where the state can monitor welfare schemes and other government services in real time.
To promote good governance, we are using CM Connect, Praishkara Vedika, Kaizala and People First applications to address public grievances. We want to ultimately achieve 80 per cent plus public satisfaction levels, he said.