The Council of Ministers in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday approved the expansion of the purview of the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) and renamed it the Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA).
The state government said that the VMRDA will now oversee 6,764.59 square km, which is more than 1,000 square km from the existing 5,573 square km that was being overseen by VUDA.
As the VMRDA's jurisdiction spans such a large area, it will include the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation and Srikakulam Municipal Corporation, besides the municipalities of Vizianagaram, Amadalavalasa, Yalamanchili and Tuni, media reports stated.
Other reports stated that the urban body may get 16 nominated directors, including four from each of the four districts, where it has oversight. Some panchayats in the districts will also come under the jurisdiction of the VMRDA.
Speaking to reporters after the cabinet meet at the Interim Government Complex in Velagapudi, Information and Public Relations Minister Kalava Srinivasulu said that the state had also extended the ban on the CPI (Maoist) and its frontal organisations for another year, effective from August 16.
In another major move, the state government also decided to pay a monthly unemployment allowance of Rs 1,000 each to unemployed youth in the state.
The state cabinet meeting, presided over by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, decided to implement the scheme for unemployed who hold degree or diploma and are aged between 22 and 35 years.
The decision is expected to put an additional burden of Rs 8,000 crore on the state exchequer, already reeling under a huge fiscal deficit.
Andhra Minister Nara Lokesh told reporters after the meeting that registration of unemployed under the scheme will begin in third or fourth week of the current month. He announced that within 15 days after the registration, allowance money will be credited to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.