In the recent years Andhra Pradesh has registered impressive economic growth but this momentum cannot be sustained unless it is facilitated towards right direction. At the current juncture, the state is facing the challenge of continuing the high growth trajectory while making the growth more broad based and labour-intensive. Industrialization absorbs more people irrespective of the skill level, and it should be promoted with utmost priority.
This Report on promoting industry in Rural Andhra Pradesh is a result of about one years’ effort of the Taskforce on Non Migratory Jobs set up by Confederation of Indian Industry, Andhra Pradesh to understand the needs of the local industry and policy level support required to augment the industrial growth in rural areas.
The study believes that given the enormous challenges of migration, concentrated growth and congestion of metropolitan cities, the State Government has to play a more proactive role in developing new urban centers and promoting rapid industrialization in rural areas. Zoning the new urban centers by devoting land for commercial, industrial and residential use, promotion of energy efficient buildings and technologies, better provision for public transport and waste management would not only improve the quality of life but also strengthens the state’s growth curve.
This report comes to the conclusion that metropolitan cities could be promoted further as Commercial Centres and Manufacturing industry should be promoted in rural areas and new urban centers which could offer economies of scale. Building necessary physical and social infrastructure and creation of supportive investment environment are key drivers for promotion of non-farm employment in rural areas.