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Old April 13th, 2013, 12:41 AM   #1
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Andhra Pradesh Economy & Statistics Thread

The economy of Andhra Pradesh is mainly driven by agriculture. Two important rivers of India, the Godavari and Krishna, flow through the state, providing irrigation. Rice, sugarcane, cotton, mirchi (chilli pepper), mango and tobacco are the local crops. Recently, crops used for vegetable oil production such as sunflower and peanuts have gained favour. There are many multi-state irrigation projects in development, including Godavari River Basin Irrigation Projects and Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, the world's highest masonry dam.

The state has also started to focus on the fields of information technology and biotechnology. In 2004–2005, Andhra Pradesh was at the Forth position behind Maharastra, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, in the list of top IT exporting states of India. The IT exports from the State were 1,800 million in 2004. The IT sector is expanding at a rate of 52.3% every year. The IT exports reached 19,000 million in 2006–2007 and ranked fourth in India. The service sector of the state already accounts for 43% of the GSDP and employs 20% of the work force.
Andhra Pradesh, India is a mineral-rich state, ranking second in India in terms of mineral wealth. The state has about one third of India's limestone reserves, estimated at about 30 billion tonnes.
The state ranks first nationwide in hydro electricity generation with national market share of over 11%. The offshore Krishna-Godavari basin gas reserves of 60 Trillion cubic feet provide a third of the nation's gas needs.
Andhra Pradesh's gross state domestic product for 2009 was estimated at $62 billion in current prices. This is a chart of trend of gross state domestic product of Andhra Pradesh at market prices estimated by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation with figures in millions of Indian Rupees. Accordingly, the state ranks fourth in terms of overall gross state domestic product and fourth in per capita gross state domestic product among the major states of India.

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Union Minister of State for Textiles Panabaka Lakshmi said export of handloom products is likely to register 30 to 35 per cent growth during the current financial year in spite of global economic slowdown.

Handloom exports touched US $ 156 million last fiscal and weavers should further capitalise on foreign buyers’ attraction to traditional designs and vibrant colours, she said. The Minister participated in a panel discussion on ‘Boosting Market Linkages in the Handloom Sector’, organised by the Assocham Ladies’ League here on Thursday.

She was responding to the suggestion for revival of the handloom industry through creation of market linkages, sustainable platforms for showcasing of products, spreading awareness on government policies and certification of the authenticity of the handloom products.

She said of the total 27.83 lakh handloom house holds in the country, close to 87 per cent were living in rural areas accounting to 19 per cent of total cloth produced. Over 65 lakh weavers and workers were dependent on the sector acclaimed as the second largest employment provider after agriculture.

Ms. Lakshmi said the Central Government would provide financial support to States that were prepared to set up common facility centres at handloom clusters. (eom)
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Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today decided to totally abolish Value Added Tax (VAT) imposed on textile traders.

The move came after protracted negotiations between a group of ministers and traders' representatives today. Contending that VAT is not imposed in other states in the country, textile traders had been agitating for long demanding removal of VAT.

An official release quoted Reddy saying that VAT had to be imposed on textile traders in view of the poor situation of the state's economy when he assumed office in 2010. The government had pending dues to the tune of Rs 8,000 crore to Rs 9,000 crore, he said. He also highlighted that about Rs 30,000 crore is being spent on numerous welfare programmes being implemented by the AP government.

Traders' leaders hailed the AP Chief Minister and thanked him for the move, the release added.
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Hyderabad : Andhra Pradesh finance minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy Friday requested the Empowered committee of finance ministers to accelerate the process of arriving at an early consensus to implement the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Speaking at the empowered committee meeting held at Mussoorie in Uttarakhand, he stressed the need to arrive at an early consensus on the nature and extent of the constitutional amendments, required to implement the GST expeditiously in the overall national interest.

According to a statement released from his office here, Reddy requested the committee to look in to the aspects of revenue neutral rate.

"Sustained efforts are required to expeditiously work out a reasonable revenue neutral rate, which is highly essential for the implementation of the Goods and service Tax Act," he said.

On Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) and Inter-state transactions, the finance minister suggested that IGST should be completely handled by the central government.

He hoped this model would go a long way in reducing the avoidable complexities in the process of implementation of the GST.

He said Andhra Pradesh was not in favour of adding more goods in goods list. He also made it clear that there can be no place for the concept of declared goods during the GST regime, in as much as the rates of taxes for almost all the goods are decided on the basis of consensus among the centre and the states.

"The proposal to place the mobile phones and tablets in declared goods list is not acceptable to our state as a matter of principle, though the rate of tax at present for mobile phones and tablets in the state is 5 percent," he said.
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VISAKHAPATNAM, MAY 9:
Members of Virginia Tobacco Growers’ Welfare Association from Andhra Pradesh on Thursday met Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma in New Delhi and submitted a memorandum to him.

The members have asked the Government to allow FDI in tobacco leaf purchase, processing and cigarette manufacture in the country.

According to a press release issued by the association here, the farmers impressed upon the minister the need to permit FDI in the sector, as a few companies were monopolising the scene and they had formed into a cartel.

They contended that even during the past three years, supposed to be good in general, farmers under 14 out of the 19 tobacco auction platforms had suffered badly and they could not even recoup the cost of cultivation.

The average price fetched by the crop was less by Rs 20 less per kg than the cost of cultivation under these floors.

They said only farmers in the northern light soils of West Godavari district could get remunerative prices and other farmers in the State had to suffer, as the Tobacco Board or the Government had taken no steps to inject buoyancy into the market through market intervention measures.

They alleged that during the current tobacco auctions going on in Andhra Pradesh too, there was no improvement in position.

Therefore, they pleaded that the Government should allow FDI in the sector to break the cartels and in the meantime take up market intervention measures.

They said that the trade wing of the Tobacco Board, Guntur, or some other central government agency should take up market intervention.

It was also necessary to promote tobacco exports aggressively in view of the competition from other countries such as China.

The delegation was led by Seshaiah, President of the association, and Ranga Rao, Honorary President.
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The government is reviewing some of the existing Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with other nations and will try to address issues in those pacts accordingly, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D Purandeswari said here today.

"Myself and Mr Anand Sharma (Union Commerce Minister) are currently reviewing it. We should be coming out at the earliest (the outcome of the review). I am not very sure of the time frame. But we will be examining the existing FTAs," Purandeswari told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar.

"We need to look at how far the FTAs have gone and if there are any challenges or hurdles that we face and how to address them. So, that is the kind of review that is happening now," she added.

Purandeswari was chief guest at a seminar on 'Export Growth In Andhra Pradesh-potential, opportunities and challenges' organised by Andhra Pradesh Trade Promotion Corporation Limited and Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO).

Exports are expected to grow by 10-15 per cent in the current fiscal, FIEO director general and CEO Ajay Sahai said.

"Last year, our exports stood at USD 300 billion. This year we expect 10 to 15 per cent growth," Sahai said.

Replying to a query, he said the situation in Europe, which contributes nearly 18 per cent of Indian exports, is still not promising.

"The global situation is still not conducive. Europe, which is accounting for nearly 18 per cent of our exports, is showing minor or slight negative growth," he said.

Sahai said the loss of export growth from European region may be offset with the growth from emerging markets.
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Hyderabad: The Congress government in Andhra Pradesh plans to disburse loans to the tune of Rs 72,000 crore to farmers this year, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said on Monday.

Speaking at a farmers' meeting at Bodhan in Nizamabad district, he said that the government has also enhanced its budget for agri-related sectors from Rs 900 crore to Rs 5,500 crore.

Claiming that it is the Congress which always stood by farmers, Reddy said the UPA government had waived farmers' loans to the tune of Rs 63,000 crore.

The government is also trying to get national status for Polavaram and Pranahita-Chevella irrigation projects in the state, Reddy added.
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Hyderabad, May 13 (IANS) The proposed new major port at Dugarajapatnam in Andhra Pradesh is expected to further boost exports and imports from the east coast and give an impetus to the economic development of the state.
The project was cleared by the central cabinet last week.
The port, proposed on 5,000 acres, will be the second big port in Nellore district in south coastal Andhra. The port will be the second major port in Andhra Pradesh controlled by the central government after Visakhapatnam and overall the 14th port on the nearly 1,000-km coastline of the southern state.
It is one of the two major ports cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs as part of the government's look-east policy and the plans to triple the country's cargo-loading ability to 3.13 billion tonnes by 2020. The other major port will come up at Sagar in West Bengal.
The foundation stone for Rs.8,000 crore port at Dugarajapatnam in Vakadu 'mandal' or block is likely to be laid in August. It will have the capacity of 50 million tonnes per annum.
Member of Parliament from Tirupati Chinta Mohan is hopeful that 500 ancillary industries would come up in the area, providing employment to nearly 10 lakh people. He believes the total investment in the port would go up to Rs.25,000 crore by the time it is fully developed in various phases.
Mohan said the proposed port coupled with Chennai-Bangalore industrial corridor would give an impetus to industrial development in the region and the exports.
The centre has already agreed to extend the proposed Chennai-Bangalore industrial corridor till Krishnapatnam port, a big private port in Nellore district.
The corridor is expected to be a major growth spot for the country, especially South India as it will connect five ports and three international airports in three states.
Dugarajapatnam is 45 km from Gudur, a town near National Highway-5 which runs along the east coast connecting Chennai to Bhubaneswar. Gudur is about 140 km from Chennai.
As several thermal power plants are coming up in south coastal Andhra, the proposed port is likely to handle coal imports. The region also has many existing and upcoming steel, cement and fertilizer plants. Iron ore is another cargo likely to be handled once the ban on mining is lifted in neighbouring Karnataka.
The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) said the state had huge potential for exports including the agriculture products. "The new port should be the size of ports at Colombo, Dubai or Singapore so that big vessels can come directly from Europe, US and other destinations. This will reduce the cost in trans-shipment," FAPCCI president Devendra Surana told IANS. He pointed out that currently the ports were handling only trans-shipments.
The proposed port is also significant in view of the increasing trade among Asian countries. The ports on eastern coast will handle the exports and imports from southeast Asian countries.
Dugarajapatnam was one of the three locations initially suggested. Nakkapalli in Visakhapatnam district was dropped after Indian Navy said this could hamper their future expansion. Ramayyapatnam in Prakasam district was strongly favoured by the state government but it was also dropped after Krishnapatnam port company raised objections saying it falls within an exclusive zone of about 100 km granted to the existing port.
Even in case of Dugarajapatnam, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) reportedly raised objections due to its proximity to Satish Dhawan Space Centre, a satellite launch facility at Sriharikota in the same district.
Chinta Mohan is happy that the centre ignored their objections keeping in mind the larger interest of the people of the region.
Officials are hopeful that there would not be any major problem in acquisition of land for the port as the major chunk of the 8,000 acre land available in the area, a major chunk is owned by the government.
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HYDERABAD: Pharma exports from Andhra Pradesh ports declined to 18% as compared to 22% in 2012 as many pharma companies from the state preferred to ship their products from western ports, said a top government official on Monday at a seminar on exports growth in Andhra Pradesh.

Though Hyderabad is the largest exporter of bulk drugs in the country and is closer to ports such as Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Krishnapatnam, many state-based pharma companies preferred Western ports, mainly JNPT, to export their drugs, Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India (Pharmexcil), director general PV Appaji said.

"We are reviewing the situation. There could be many factors that could have led to such a situation. First, the merchants who carry out the trade are mainly from Mumbai, which is why they would certainly go for Maharashtra ports. Secondly, due to power shortages, there might have been a shortfall in production this year from Hyderabad, which in turn could have led to low exports," he said.

Krishnapatnam Port chief executive officer Anil Yendluri said that though his port currently does not have the requisite permissions to export pharma products, they were trying to get those approvals.

Meanwhile, speaking at the inaugural session, Union minister of state for commerce and industry D Purandeswari, said that the central government will be reviewing certain Free Trade Agreements (FTA) but has not set any specific time-frame for the exercise.

Federation of Indian Export Organisations director-general and chief executive officer Ajay Sahai said India must focus on strengthening trade ties with emerging markets and shun its dependence on US or Europe.
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HYDERABAD: In a rare feat for a rural Indian university, little known Infectious Diseases and Metabolic Disorders Lab (IDMDL) of Kakatiya University , Warangal, has Attracted the attention of the global scientific community by discovering anti-diabetic and anti-HIV compounds in the Which extracts of herbs are used by local tribes as a cure for various disorders. The lab, headed by a young scientist Estari Mamidala, Extracted anti-diabetic chemical from a plant called Physalis minima (budamma Telugu, Bengali ban tipariya; parpoti TULATI pati in Gujarati and Hindi) and found anti-HIV properties in Tinospora cordifolia (tippa teega giloe in Telugu and Hindi) and Cassia occidentalis (penta chennagi bendra lathi in Telugu and Hindi). Ethnobotanic After conducting an survey for about a year, from July 2011 to August, 2012, based on the local medical knowledge practices among the tribes in Mulugu Venkatapur, Regonda, Parkal, Shayampet, Hasanparthy areas of Warangal district in Andhra Pradesh, the team led by Estari IDENTIFIED about 65 plants Believed to have great curative value. His team Studied extracts from various parts, leaves, stem, roots and flowers, for the medicinal properties and found amazing qualities. Estari Says synthesis experiments are expected to pave a new path for alternative medicines from plants extracts Which are cheaper and safe to use. Estari The team therefore found four more medicinal plants (Phyllanthus emblica, Eclipta alba, Tinospora cordifolia and Casia occidentalis) Which have the ability to inhibit replication of HIV-1. The extracts of synthesis four plants have the potential to be used as natural products in the chemotherapy of HIV infection, said Estari. In the studies Conducted on rats, it was found did the leaf and flower extract of Physalis minima Significantly lowered the fasting blood sugar . However, de stems have not shown a property search. Repeated experiments with flowers and leaves CLEARLY Exhibited more potent anti-diabetic activity by reducing the blood glucose level Significantly Compared with the root and stem extracts of P. minima. Similarly, Tinospora cordifolia was found to have anti-HIV property Comparable to the drugs available in the marketplace. Another plans Cassia occidentalis has so Exhibited HIV inhibiting properties in a significant way. Speaking to TOI from Warangal, Estari said the extracts of Cassia occidentalis had exerted Their anti-HIV property by inhibiting the HIV reverse transcriptase activity. The study Seems to justify the traditional use of plant for the treatment of infectious disease of viral origin, he said. The plant has great potential for Developing useful drugs, he added. The results of IDMDL studies have been published in the International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research (Volume 3, Issue dated June 7, 2012), Biology and Medicine (2013) and BMC Infectious Diseases (December, 2012).
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Buoyed by the positive response to its programmes and policies aimed at enhancing income generation and poverty alleviation, the State said its next target was to achieve per capita income of Rs.2 lakh by end of 12 Five Year Plan.

The State’s per capita income during 2012-13 was Rs.77,277 as against national per capita of Rs.68,747.

Finance Minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy who returned from New Delhi after securing approval for the Rs.53,000-crore Plan outlay, said they made a presentation to the Planning Commission on Thursday that they were confident of achieving the target as they plan to grow at 10 per cent in the next five years.

The State was now ranked 5 in development and welfare activities after Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Gujarat.

Under the poverty alleviation programmes, the percentage of poor was brought down from 29 per cent in 2004-05 to 21 per cent in 2009-10, thanks to direct State-intervention programmes.

“The Chief Minister told the Planning Commission that the endeavour is to bring it below 10 per cent by the end of 12 Plan,” he said.

Even during the 11th Plan, the State registered a growth rate of 8.18 per cent in spite of drought, natural calamities on the strength of its policies and programmes, they told the Commission.

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Another positive development at the meeting was the Planning Commission’s positive response to the argument presented by the Chief Minister for change in the gas allocation to the State from KG D6 to help it tide over severe gas shortage which rendered its gas-based power plants idle.

Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, said the State’s proposal for ‘swapping’ gas from D6 with RLNG to other States would be taken up at the meeting of empowered GoM on gas allocation to be held in a week.

The Planning Commission, which patted the State government, for its financial discipline, slew of welfare schemes launched for the poor and weaker sections, however said it needed to focus more on 220 backward mandals.

The Commission advised the State to do more to improve nutrition and health parameters, particularly to further bring down the maternal and infant mortality rate by utilising the funds effectively under the Integrated Action Plan in the backward mandals, he said.
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Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today launched the annual State Credit Plan with a total outlay of Rs 1.33 lakh crore.

Of the total, outlay for the priority sector has been pegged at Rs 99,894 crore, a 21.57 per cent increase over the last financial year.

Lending to agriculture sector will be Rs 67,224 crore, a 26.90 percent enhancement over the previous year, according to Andhra Bank (lead bank) Chairman and Managing Director and SLBC (State-Level Bankers’ Committee) president BA Prabhakar.

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Addressing the 181st state-level bankers committee meeting in Hyderabad, Prabhakar said banks in the state lent an aggregate Rs 1,42,900 crore during 2012-13, surpassing the credit plan target of Rs 1,10,417 crore.

Priority sector lending alone touched Rs 99,534 crore against a target of Rs 82,167 crore, he said.

Total disbursements to agriculture sector in 2012-13 stood at Rs 73,648 crore against a target of Rs 52,972 crore.

He, however, expressed concern over the mounting overdue in respect of agriculture loans that touched 19.31 per cent.

The overdue in respect of loans extended to licensed cultivators (tenant farmers) stood at 40 per cent in 2011-12, Prabhakar pointed out.

He said deposits of banks in the state touched Rs 4 lakh crore, while advances stood at Rs 4,71,623 crore.

Ministers Anam Ramanarayana Reddy, N Raghuveera Reddy, Kanna Lakshminarayana, chief secretary Prasanna Kumar Mohanty and other officials attended the meet.
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Andhra Pradesh has proposed to disburse Rs 99,894 crore loans during the current financial year.

According to the State Credit Plan 2013-14 released by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy at the State Level Banker’s Committee (SLBC) meeting here on Tuesday, the proposed outlay was 21.57 per cent higher than last year.

Farm sector lending was proposed at Rs 67,224 crore which was 27 per cent higher than the last year’s outlay of Rs 52,972 crore.

Speaking on the occasion, B.A. Prabhakar, Chairman of Andhra Bank and President of SLBC, said banks had achieved 21 per cent higher disbursals than the target during last year. The total disbursals stood at Rs 99,534 crore against the target of Rs 82,167 crore.

While disbursals to agriculture and medium and small enterprises exceeded the target, the achievement under other priority sectors was not satisfactory.

“Banks need to take steps for improving the performance under this segment,’’ he said.
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Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly will resume its Budget session tomorrow after a gap of two-and-a-half months to pass the Appropriation Bill for the 2013-14 financial year.

The 12 Department-Related Standing Committees (DRSCs) discussed the Rs 1.61 lakh crore Budget proposals, presented to the Assembly on March 18, over the last month and submitted their reports to Speaker Nadendla Manohar.

The House, which is expected to sit for at least eight working days, will now consider the DRSCs' reports before approving the annual budget.

This was the first time that DRSCs were constituted in the state Legislature to study the Budget proposals in detail and make necessary recommendations, as otherwise the House was not getting to discuss them.

The House was constantly disrupted on the Telangana issue during the first round of the Budget session between March 13 and 26 though a short-duration discussion on power crisis and even Telangana was taken up before the vote-on-account budget was approved for the first quarter.

The Telangana Rashtra Samiti is determined to raise the statehood issue yet again when the Assembly resumes its business for the remainder of the Budget session.

Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu, who could not attend the first part of the Budget session in March because of his Vastunna Meekosam foot march, will lead his legislators in cornering the Kiran Kumar Reddy government on a host of issues ranging from power crisis, scandals in the AP Public Service Commission, farmers' problems, among others.

The ruling Congress, which survived a no-confidence motion on March 15, now enjoys only a "technical" majority with 146 members following the disqualification of nine of its MLAs yesterday, as the effective strength of the House reduced to 278.
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HYDERABAD: Non-banking finance company Magma Fincorp, which disbursed Rs 782 crore in Andhra Pradesh last year, plans to romp up disbursements by another 21 per cent in retail loans in FY 13 in the state, a senior company official said today.

"We will continue with our focus on providing asset finance to the economically disenfranchised segment in Andhra Pradesh and expect to grow further," Magma Fincorp Limited Vice-President Dhrubashish Bhattacharya told reporters here.

The primary sales of assets in Andhra Pradesh witnessed a major degrowth across all products last financial year, due to which Magma could register a growth only in some select products like Cars and SME while it has degrown in other products, he said adding. "We expect the monsoon to do well in Andhra Pradesh and in the country also this year...and the offtake will go up."
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Several industries located in gram panchayat limits have avoided paying a single paisa to the Government in form of taxes while utilising the land and water resources of the villages.

This and indiscriminate sand mining and excavation of sand, stone and moram by illegal syndicates were causing financial losses to panchayat raj institutions, the Departmentally Related Standing Committee on Rural Development observed in its report on Demand for Grants 2013-14.

The 34-member panel made significant recommendations while studying the grants. It concluded that the sum of Rs. 4,421 crore allocated to Panchayat Raj and Rural Employment was insufficient to carry out on going schemes.

While observing that gram panchayats were relying heavily on the grants provided to them, the panel felt that attempt should be made to improve their financial resources. Industries located in the vicinity of the villages should be forced to pay taxes to the panchayats. They recommended usage of Geo Informatics System to ensure all legitimate taxes in the gram panchayats are accounted for.

The panel disapproved the Government’s decision on transferring sand mining from the Panchayat Raj to the Industries Department. Because of this, the revenue accruing to the panchayats had stopped. They said the contractors in rural areas were looting the revenues by forming illegal syndicate.

Members expressed displeasure when informed that Government had discontinued NABARD assisted RIDF programme for rural road construction. The panel was informed that as the rural roads were under the administrative control of PR institutions, the Government could not categorise the spending as plan expenditure.
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The State government is levying sales tax of 190 per cent on low-priced liquor as compared to 130 per cent on premium high-priced liquor brands.

Given the tax pattern submitted by the officials concerned, the government is collecting 190 per cent tax in addition to excise duty per proof litres on brands with basic prices fixed between Rs. 300 a case and Rs. 2,500 a case.

Tax from this slab declines gradually to 130 per cent on liquor priced over Rs. 5,000 a case.

The information was furnished to the Departmentally Related Standing Committee on Revenue.

After examining various aspects of the Excise Department, the panel observed that the present pattern of taxation on liquor was ‘pro-rich’.

The government was imposing more tax on liquor priced lesser while the tax on high-priced liquor was less, the committee headed by G. Venkata Seshu said.
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The panel recommended that the government make necessary changes in the existing tax pattern on liquor so that consumers get low-priced liquor at lesser prices.

In its report, the panel said it was dismayed to note that assured funds were not released for the campaign committee against liquor consumption.

The committee expressed concern over the prevalence of unauthorised liquor outlets that was hindering the social atmosphere as also the revenues of the government. It recommended that the government constitute committees for passing information to officials about the illicit outlets.

The government should take steps to strengthen the enforcement wing to check flow of non-duty paid liquor into the State that is resulting in loss to the ex-chequer.
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The Aquaculture business in Andhra Pradesh has crossed Rs.11,000 crore and is likely to get doubled by 2016, said Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy while interacting with students of the Fisheries Polytechnic College at Bhavadevarapalli in Krishna district on Saturday.

The fish exports alone touched Rs.3,500 crore in the current financial year in the State and Rs.280 crore will be spent to encourage aquaculture and doubling the fish production by 2016”, the Chief Minister said.

Mr. Reddy promised students better employment opportunities in aquaculture. He enquired about the higher education opportunities in fisheries and scope for research in the wake of flourishing aquaculture in Krishna-Godavari Delta.

“The students should take up research in fisheries to tap the opportunities and become part of the developing fish trade,” said Mr. Reddy. He listened to a few students of the college. Students and college teaching staff complained to the Chief Minister about the lack of facilities to pursue undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in fisheries.

They demanded setting up of Fisheries College in any coastal Andhra district to cater to the need of students from the region. Responding to the appeal, the Chief Minister promised students of discussions with Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University to increase the number of seats in Bachelor of Fisheries Science in College of Fisheries, Nellore.

The issue of setting up new college would also be considered, he added. First year students Krishnaveni and Sunitha expressed their happiness at lucrative opportunities available for them in corporate sector soon after the completion of the two-year polytechnic course.
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MUMBAI: Andhra Pradesh ranks first in value terms in port projects that are in under construction in public-private partnership mode as of April 30, followed by Maharashtra, according to a study by industry body Assocham.

The study titled 'Port Developments in India' says Kerala stands first in value terms in port projects under bidding stage, followed by Maharashtra again.

Andhra Pradesh has the highest share of over 46.2 per cent in port projects under construction worth Rs 20,090 crore, Kerala, with two projects worth over Rs 5,500 crore, has the maximum share of about 40 per cent in the projects under bidding.

In Maharashtra, five completed port projects worth over Rs 3,700 crore have been put to service delivery under the PPP model, while three projects worth over Rs 6,700 crore are under construction and three valued at Rs 5,100 crore are under bidding.

Gujarat, however, accounts for lion's share of over 50 per cent in the total number of completed projects in the ports sector that have been put to service delivery under the PPP model, the study said.

"Of the total 31 PPP port projects worth over Rs 24,700 crore under operation in India as of April 30, Gujarat accounts for 12 completed PPP projects worth over Rs 12,400 crore, thereby commanding the highest share of over 50 per cent in value terms," said Assocham National Secretary General D S Rawat.

Out of the total 881 PPP projects worth over Rs 5.4 lakh crore taken up under the PPP model across the country, 62 projects in the port sector worth over Rs 82,000 crore are in different stages of implementation.

While there are about 21 PPP projects in the port sector with a share of 52 per cent worth over Rs 43,000 crore under construction, eight projects worth about Rs 14,000 crore with a share of about 17 per cent are under bidding.

Of the remaining, one project is in the expression of interest (EOI) stage and one has been cancelled.

Assocham, however, feels ports sector needs policy attention as there exist not only severe capacity constraints and operational inefficiencies, but also certain models on how to address these issues.

Considering that the port infrastructure is not at par with the global standards, the inefficient port services pose severe challenges to the country's trade as the inefficiency and non-competitiveness of India's ports results in higher costs apart from the turnaround time at ports, Rawat said.

"There is an urgent need to modernise India's ports as the existing ones are plagued with a plethora of problems like congestion, poor connectivity, accessibility and lack of adequate facilities," he said.

He added there is a huge scope for investments in development of port infrastructure which needs to develop fast and the capacity utilisation must also be improved.

"As bidding precedes the implementation stage, value of projects put to competitive bidding across states shows the potential interest that has been shown by various states in port creation further down the line," Rawat said.
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The Budget session of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly came to an end today with the House completing the formality of adopting the Appropriation Bill amid din created by Opposition members over different issues.

No discussion took place in the Assembly on the crucial state Budget for the 2013-14 financial year as seven of ten working days during the second part of the session that began on June 10 were lost in repeated adjournments.

Only yesterday did the House take up a brief discussion on the demand for grants relating to welfare but subsequently all other demands were adopted by voice vote without any debate.

Even today, the House remained adjourned three times as Telangana Rashtra Samiti legislators disrupted the proceedings seeking a resolution on the statehood issue.

Initially, the TDP members too remained in the Well of the House demanding a discussion on the high-handed activities of TRS MLA K T Rama Rao.

Amid shouting of slogans by both opposition parties, Speaker Nadendla Manohar first adjourned the House for half an hour but order never restored leading to two further adjournments.

As the TRS members stayed put in the Well, pressing for a resolution on Telangana, the Speaker ran through the formality of getting the Appropriation Bill passed.

Earlier in the day, the reports of Comptroller and Auditor General for the year ending March 2012 on subjects like Jalayagnam, MGNREGP were tabled in the House.
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