All set for launch of village and ward secretariats in AP

Vastavam web: The 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2 will usher in a new system of public administration in Andhra Pradesh with the launch of village and ward secretariats. Fulfilling another major public promise, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is all set to launch the new system aimed at providing services to people in rural and urban areas in a corruption-free and hassle-free manner.

Jagan Reddy, whose government recruited 1.26 lakh people for the posts in village and ward secretariats, on Monday handed over appointment letters to some of the selected candidates in Vijayawada. A total of 11,158 village secretariats will come into existence across the state on October 2. Similarly 3,809 ward secretariats will start functioning in 110 municipalities.

He said the village secretariats would provide over 500 services from January next year, and ensure that the benefits of government schemes reach the eligible within 72 hours of his/her request.

Jagan Mohan Reddy had promised to introduce the village secretariat system when people, during his 3,648 km padyatra across the state, brought to his notice the problems faced by them in drawing pensions, getting ration, caste and other certificates and availing other services.

He claimed that his government created a new record by providing four lakh jobs in four months. He said 10-12 new jobs were provided to each village through the village secretariats. Officials said 19.56 lakh candidates had appeared in the exams conducted early this month for 1,26,728 posts – 95,088 rural and 31,640 urban posts. The results were declared last week. The government claims this to be single biggest initiative of mass recruitment. The government has also appointed nearly 2.8 lakh village and ward volunteers. The volunteers will be the face of governance and will strengthen the public delivery system of welfare schemes, officials said.

Jagan Mohan Reddy said providing jobs to so many people in such a short time in a transparent manner is the biggest achievement of the government. He claimed that providing permanent employment to nearly 1.40 lakh is a new record. He also that exams will be conducted in January every year to fill the vacancies in all government departments.