The Sunrise Andhra Pradesh Vision 2029 drafted in 2015, while laying out the long-term vision and goal of the State for 15 years, had limited its action plans for first phase (for 5 years – 2015-19) with a provision to review and recalibrate the Vision on the completion of this phase. It is, therefore, an opportune moment to review the performance and achievements during the first phase and draft detailed strategies and action plan for next 5 years (2019-24).
Achieving such ambitious goals requires concerted effort at all levels – right from the local area bodies (GPs and ULBs), to districts and the state. Hence, the version 2.0 of the Sunrise Andhra Pradesh has been conceptualized and developed using a decentralized approach which builds from the grassroot level. The first stage was preparation of Village and Ward Development Plans (VDP and WDP) for all Gram Panchayats and Urban Wards. This was followed by preparation and release of District Visions for 13 districts. As a final step, the version 2.0 of the State Vision is being released.
The state remains committed to the broad targets for economic and social development – 12% CAGR of GSDP in constant prices and HDI value of 0.9 by 2029. However, detailed strategies and action plans have been prepared for next 5 years keeping in mind the progress already made in last 4 years as well as the changing global and geo-political scenario.
Efficient, inclusive and sustainable management of the State’s (i) Water Resources; (ii) Land Resources; (iii) Natural Mineral Resources; (iv) Energy Resources; (v) Green Cover; (vi) Food Security and Zero Budget Natural Farming; (vii) Solid and Liquid Waste (viii) Logistics; and (ix) Communication has been identified as the cornerstone of the development strategy.
The strategies for economic development recognize that the state is currently transitioning from Factor-driven to Efficiency driven stage. Hence, the competitiveness strategy of the state focuses primarily on making this transition. At the same, the state also aspires to transform to an Innovation-driven economy by 2029. Hence, significant emphasis has been laid on creating the base for innovation, technology and knowledge-based economy by futuristic initiatives in human capital development and technology adoption.
Continuing with the saturation approach for basic services, the vision has identified next set of services to be saturated which include (but are not limited to) literacy, quality healthcare, elimination of slums, ODF+, dust-free roads, waste treatment etc. The state is also committed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 2030) by 2022 i.e. 8 years before the anticipated timeline. This will be achieved by continued convergence among various departments including effective implementation of Samaja Vikasam and Kutumba Vikasam.
Broadening the framework of citizen wellbeing to ‘Ease of Living and Quality of Life’, the vision envisages improved citizen experience in availing all services on three platforms – physical, online and mobile. Governance process reengineering will bring down the time and cost associated with availing the citizen services. This will continue to be supplemented by the Parishkara-vedika to resolve any grievance. The state also envisages to ensure clean and healthy environment for all its citizens by initiatives such as 50% green cover, 40% share of renewable energy and 100% waste management. Urbanization is expected to be both – a key driver and an effect of fast-paced economic development. Hence, special emphasis has been given to make the cities ‘Livable and Productive’ in the vision.
To support, anchor and monitor all the activities required to achieve the vision targets – including research, strategy documentation, stakeholder consultation, preparation of action plans, monitoring and evaluation of targets – the Vision Management Unit will continue to provide the institutional capacity.
The ultimate goal of government remains and will continue to be the well-being and satisfaction of its citizenry. Hence, this document provides the strategies to help the state of Andhra Pradesh achieve the ultimate goals of well-being, happiness, economic prosperity and citizen satisfaction.