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PP emerges as most powerful bureaucrat in Andhra: CM re-allocates work

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Reddy on Wednesday revised the distribution of subjects among the top three officers in his Office (CMO). While having a glance at the allocation Praveen Prakash emerges as the most powerful bureaucrat in the state.

Principal Secretary to CM Praveen Prakash (IAS:1994:AP) has been allocated with all key subjects except Industry, Mines etc. Prakash (popularly known among peers as PP) will look after the subjects namely; General Administration Department, Home, Revenue, Finance & Planning (except the subject of Expenditure), Law & Legislative Affairs, CMO’s  Establishment & Residual Subjects, Exclusive node in CMO to deal with the entire spectrum of Centre-State relations. Prakash’s work also includes all issues arising out of State Re-organization Act; CMO’s correspondence with Centre including PMO; projects, programs, financial/non-financial issues of State Government with Senior Government of India officials in the rank of Secretary, Additional Secretary and Joint Secretary; MIS of CMO.

Secretary to the Chief Minister Solomon Arokia Raj (IAS:2000:AP),  will look after the subjects namely; Transport, Roads & Buildings, APSRTC, Housing, Food & Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs, Panchayat Raj & Rural Development, SERP, Education (School, Inter, Higher & Technical), All Welfare Departments, Industries & Commerce, Infrastructure & Investment, Information Technology, Electronics & Communication, Mines & Geology, Labour & Employment and Skill Development

Additional Secretary to Chief Minister K Dhananjaya Reddy (IAS:2006:AP) has been allocated subjects namely; Water Resources, Environment, Forests, Science & Technology, Municipal Administration, Urban Development & CRDA, Agriculture & allied subjects, Health, Medical & Family Welfare Dept, Energy, Tourism, Culture, Youth Advancement & Sports, Marketing & Cooperation, Finance (Subject related to Expenditure).

08 Jul 2020
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Lessons from the past may add a new dimension to fight against COVID-19

COVID-19 pandemic has been giving nightmares to even super-powers of the world. Social distancing has been order of the day. Testing, tracking and treatment are tools to fight the pandemic whereas breaking the stigma and fear attached to testing positive are the biggest deterrent against spreading social awareness.

The Centre and states are doing the best of their capabilities to fight the pandemic but still, one important aspect appears to be missing i.e. breaking the stigma. Once it is done it may take the fight against COVID-19 to the next level ascertaining far better results in terms of social distancing, testing, tracking, and treatment.

Taking lessons from the past experiments and experience may add one new dimension to our consolidated fight against the pandemic.

A similar virus was threatening the world in the first decade of this millennium. HIV cases were on surge in the united Andhra Pradesh. Like COVID-19; HIV too does not spread through air and touch, it was very infectious, debilitating, deadly and highly stigmatizing.

Then Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was known for his pioneering initiatives like Arogya Sri (the precursor of Ayushman Bharat) and 108 ambulance services in the health sector.

In combating HIV in AP, the “Be Bold” campaign started by AP State AIDS Control Society proved to be the game-changer. Asok Kumar (IAS:1991), presently, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Water Mission was in charge of the ‘Be Bold Campaign’. This drew the national and international attention after it effectively checkmated the spread of HIV in a short span of time (Yr 2005-2008).

Testing, Tracking, Treatment and Stigma Reduction was the main strategy under the “Be Bold” campaign to reduce the spread of HIV. Stigma attached to even HIV testing was the biggest deterrent.

Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s small though innovative move broke the stigma. Reddy himself along with his cabinet colleagues and Speaker of the Assembly Suresh Reddy publicly underwent the HIV tests. This proved a game-changer and triggered a massive testing drive. It helped in the identification of HIV positives cases enabling the administration to design strategy and device effective mechanism to contain the disease by way of counseling them to prevent further spread and their treatment. This led to a massive reduction of new HIV cases in AP.

“Be Bold Campaign” breaking the stigma reduction was reportedly considered by UNAIDS as one of the best campaigns in the world for HIV/AIDS prevention and stigma reduction, inviting the PD, APSACS who handled the campaign to make a presentation at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico in 2008.

A huge number of deaths in superpowers like the US and China not only create fear after testing positive for COVID-19 but the mandatory 14-day quarantine also gives a sense of rejection and creates social stigma. Breaking the stigma may add a new dimension to our collective fight against COVID-19.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

10 Apr 2020
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PP emerges as most powerful bureaucrat in Andhra: CM re-allocates work

By IndianMandarins 08 Jul 2020

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Reddy on Wednesday revised the distribution of subjects among the top three officers in his Office (CMO). While having a glance at the allocation Praveen Prakash emerges as the most powerful bureaucrat in the state.

Principal Secretary to CM Praveen Prakash (IAS:1994:AP) has been allocated with all key subjects except Industry, Mines etc. Prakash (popularly known among peers as PP) will look after the subjects namely; General Administration Department, Home, Revenue, Finance & Planning (except the subject of Expenditure), Law & Legislative Affairs, CMO’s  Establishment & Residual Subjects, Exclusive node in CMO to deal with the entire spectrum of Centre-State relations. Prakash’s work also includes all issues arising out of State Re-organization Act; CMO’s correspondence with Centre including PMO; projects, programs, financial/non-financial issues of State Government with Senior Government of India officials in the rank of Secretary, Additional Secretary and Joint Secretary; MIS of CMO.

Secretary to the Chief Minister Solomon Arokia Raj (IAS:2000:AP),  will look after the subjects namely; Transport, Roads & Buildings, APSRTC, Housing, Food & Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs, Panchayat Raj & Rural Development, SERP, Education (School, Inter, Higher & Technical), All Welfare Departments, Industries & Commerce, Infrastructure & Investment, Information Technology, Electronics & Communication, Mines & Geology, Labour & Employment and Skill Development

Additional Secretary to Chief Minister K Dhananjaya Reddy (IAS:2006:AP) has been allocated subjects namely; Water Resources, Environment, Forests, Science & Technology, Municipal Administration, Urban Development & CRDA, Agriculture & allied subjects, Health, Medical & Family Welfare Dept, Energy, Tourism, Culture, Youth Advancement & Sports, Marketing & Cooperation, Finance (Subject related to Expenditure).

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Lessons from the past may add a new dimension to fight against COVID-19

By IndianMandarins 10 Apr 2020

COVID-19 pandemic has been giving nightmares to even super-powers of the world. Social distancing has been order of the day. Testing, tracking and treatment are tools to fight the pandemic whereas breaking the stigma and fear attached to testing positive are the biggest deterrent against spreading social awareness.

The Centre and states are doing the best of their capabilities to fight the pandemic but still, one important aspect appears to be missing i.e. breaking the stigma. Once it is done it may take the fight against COVID-19 to the next level ascertaining far better results in terms of social distancing, testing, tracking, and treatment.

Taking lessons from the past experiments and experience may add one new dimension to our consolidated fight against the pandemic.

A similar virus was threatening the world in the first decade of this millennium. HIV cases were on surge in the united Andhra Pradesh. Like COVID-19; HIV too does not spread through air and touch, it was very infectious, debilitating, deadly and highly stigmatizing.

Then Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was known for his pioneering initiatives like Arogya Sri (the precursor of Ayushman Bharat) and 108 ambulance services in the health sector.

In combating HIV in AP, the “Be Bold” campaign started by AP State AIDS Control Society proved to be the game-changer. Asok Kumar (IAS:1991), presently, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Water Mission was in charge of the ‘Be Bold Campaign’. This drew the national and international attention after it effectively checkmated the spread of HIV in a short span of time (Yr 2005-2008).

Testing, Tracking, Treatment and Stigma Reduction was the main strategy under the “Be Bold” campaign to reduce the spread of HIV. Stigma attached to even HIV testing was the biggest deterrent.

Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s small though innovative move broke the stigma. Reddy himself along with his cabinet colleagues and Speaker of the Assembly Suresh Reddy publicly underwent the HIV tests. This proved a game-changer and triggered a massive testing drive. It helped in the identification of HIV positives cases enabling the administration to design strategy and device effective mechanism to contain the disease by way of counseling them to prevent further spread and their treatment. This led to a massive reduction of new HIV cases in AP.

“Be Bold Campaign” breaking the stigma reduction was reportedly considered by UNAIDS as one of the best campaigns in the world for HIV/AIDS prevention and stigma reduction, inviting the PD, APSACS who handled the campaign to make a presentation at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico in 2008.

A huge number of deaths in superpowers like the US and China not only create fear after testing positive for COVID-19 but the mandatory 14-day quarantine also gives a sense of rejection and creates social stigma. Breaking the stigma may add a new dimension to our collective fight against COVID-19.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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Nilam Sawhney is the new CS of Andhra Pradesh

By IndianMandarins 14 Nov 2019

Seven months ahead of retirement Nilam Sawhney (IAS:1984:AP) was on Thursday appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh; a post  which fell vacant after the sudden transfer of L V Subramanyam (IAS:1983:AP), a week ago. Neerabh Kumar (IAS:1987:AP), who was holding additional charge of CS. 

The NaMo administration had on Monday repatriated Mrs Sawhney who was working in Govt of India as Union Secretary, Department of Social Justice & Empowerment. 

 

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PP is PS to CM, AP Govt effects bureaucratic rejig

By IndianMandarins 17 Sep 2019

The Andhra Pradesh Government on Monday effected a mid-size bureaucratic rejig.

Praveen Prakash (IAS:1994:AP) was made Principal Secretary to Chief Minister with full additional charge of Principal Secretary, General Administration Department (GAD) vice R P Sisodia who was made Principal Secretary, Tribal Department. Presently, Praveen Prakash is Resident Commissioner, Govt of AP in New Delhi. Prior to this Sisodia worked as Principal Secretary to Govt (Political), General Administration Department (GAD).

 

Md Illyas (IFS:1986:AP), Vice Chairman & Managing Director, AP Forest Development Corporation, was given the full additional charge of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests.

 

Dr Vinod Kumar Vats (IAS:2015:AP) was made Sub-collector, Vijaywada. Earlier he was Project Officer, ITDA, Parvathipuram.

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Jagan makes retired IAS officer head of his ‘Navratnalu’ scheme

By IndianMandarins 24 Jun 2019

Retired Andhra IAS officer M Samuel, who is already serving as an advisor to Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, has been given the additional and all-important assignment to oversee the implementation of Navaratnalu scheme as vice-chairman.  He will hold a Cabinet rank.

 

Navaratnalu is made up of nine welfare schemes announced by Reddy during the election campaigning. These include fee reimbursement, YSR Raithu Bharosa, Aarogya Sri among others.

 

The appointment of a top bureaucrat, instead of a politician, suggests that Jagan trusts Samuel better qualified to do the needful.

 

Being in the Chief Minister's Office, Samuel will coordinate with all the departments to ensure that promises made as part of Navaratnalu are implemented as planned.

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