ANDHRA PRADESH

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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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J Murali is Special Secretary to Andhra CM

J Murali (Retd IAS) has been appointed as Special Secretary to Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for a period of three years.

29 Nov 2019
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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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J Murali is Special Secretary to Andhra CM

By IndianMandarins 29 Nov 2019

J Murali (Retd IAS) has been appointed as Special Secretary to Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for a period of three years.

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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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IAS reshuffle in AP: 32 IAS officers reposted

By IndianMandarins 24 Jun 2019

In a midnight operation, the Andhra Pradesh government transferred  32 IAS officers and repositioned seven others. The orders were issued by the office of Chief Secretary LV Subrahmanyam.

 

The Friday midnight/Saturday morning orders saw the stripping of portfolios of three senior IAS officers including a Special Chief Secretary, who served in the previous Chief Minister's Office. These officers have not yet been given any postings though they were transferred out three weeks ago.

 

Two junior IAS officers of 2015 batch, V Vinod Kumar and Srikanth Varma, got elevated to the rank of Joint Collector and posted as Project Officers of Integrated Tribal Development Agencies at Parvathipuram and Seethampet respectively.

 

Budithi Rajsekhar (1992 batch) has been moved out yet again after the government issued fresh orders. He is made the Principal Secretary of School Education.

 

B Udayalaxmi (1993) has been posted as Principal Secretary, Labour and Employment.

 

Finance Secretary Muddada Ravichandra (1996) has been posted as Secretary, Social Welfare, while incumbent Mukesh Kumar Meena (1998) has been shifted to the Tribal Welfare Department.

 

Joint Collectors of eight districts have been replaced while three major cities got new Municipal Commissioners in the rejig.

 

K V N Chakradhara Babu (2011) has been posted as Joint Managing Director of Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited.

S Nagalakshmi (2012) will be the new Managing Director of AP Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited at Visakhapatnam, in a post that has been lying vacant.

 

A Mallikarjuna (2012) has been given the crucial post of CEO of Aarogya Sri, the flagship health insurance scheme of the government.

 

M Hari Narayanan (2011) has been brought in as Executive Director of AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation, while V Prasanna Venkatesh (2012) has been posted as Commissioner of

 

Srijana Gummalla (2013) has been posted as Commissioner of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation.

 

Additional Director General of Police-rank IPS officer Madireddy Pratap (1991), who is currently Director General of Special Protection Force, has been transferred and posted as Vice-chairman and Managing Director of AP State Warehousing Corporation.

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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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Andhra Pradesh CM constitutes fresh new ‘Team CMO’

By IndianMandarins 30 May 2019

Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, founder of YSR Congress Party and newly appointed Chief Minister, started constituting  his fresh new ‘Team CMO’ immediately after taking oath as CM. Accordingly;

  • Soloman Arokia Raj (IAS:2000:AP) appointed as Secretary to Chief Minister. In addition, he has been additional charge of the post of Secretary to Govt & CIP, Industries & Commerce Department
  • P Krishna Mohan Reddy (Special Grade Deputy Collector, Retd) appointed as OSD to Chief Minister,
  • K Dhananjaya Reddy (IAS:2006:AP) appointed as Additional Secretary to CM. Previously he was MD, APMDC

Further, senior officials serving with the office of former CM Chandra Babu Naidu were relieved from their responsibilities namely;

  • Satish Chandra (IAS:1986:AP) previously served as Special Chief Secretary to CM,
  • G Sai Prasad (IAS:1991:AP) previously Principal Secretary to CM,
  • M Girija Shankar (IAS:2001:AP) previously Secretary to CM,
  • Adusimilli V Rajamouli (IAS:2003:AP) previously Secretary to CM,

In addition, Satya Prakash Tucker (Retd IAS) resigned from the post of Executive Vice Chairman, Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board whereas Anil Chandra Punetha (IAS:1984:AP) was announced to retire from the post of Chairman, APMDC retires w.e.f. 31 May 2019.

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AP & Telangana advised to sort out seniority matters of officers

By IndianMandarins 18 Apr 2019

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed the state reorganization wings of governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to sort out discrepancies in the seniority list of inspector of police (civil) at the earliest in consultation with the heads of departments of the two States.

 

In a letter sent by the MHA Under Secretary R Venkatesan, the two states were advised to settle the seniority dispute in respect of feeder grade and initiate the allocation of this category of officers as decided by the sub-committee constituted in this regard.

 

The development is seen as significant as it upholds the contention of Telangana that the revised seniority lists of Home Department employees, specifically inspectors (civil), DSPs (civil), additional SPs (civil) and SP (non-cadre) were against the agreed principles.

 

Earlier, Telangana, in a letter to the MHA, complained about the revised seniority lists published by the AP government recently. The letter pointed out that the list of various categories of employees was announced in “utter disregard” to the procedures agreed to by the two States as also the provisions specifically mentioned in Rule 34 of AP Subordinate Service Rules, 1996.

 

This letter added that though it was agreed that the procedure for preparing the seniority list in Telangana and apportionment of deputation posts was to be adopted for the sake of uniformity between the two States, it was surprising that the orders issued by AP in finalizing the seniority were not in accordance with the principles.

 

Responding to the complaint, the MHA said in its letter that the advisory committee had already approved re-initiation of allocation process based on the revised seniority lists through a note circulated in December last year and hence, the dispute should be settled accordingly. The two States should also make efforts to ensure disposal of the fresh court cases filed in the matter and submit a status report to the Union Ministry on the action taken on the issues concerned.

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