Sankalp Art Village (SAV) located at Pedagadi, Visakhapatnam creates a platform for artisans to improve their designs. The self-sustainable unit supports several families of artisans and craftman. The demand is particularly increasing for naturally-dyed fabrics. This small Andhra Pradesh-based production centre at Pedagadi supports naturally dyed handloom, wooden toys and products is slowly making its way into international markets and major cities across India.
Thousands of students have joined the mission of ‘Yuvatha-Haritha’, by planting saplings across Rajamahendravaram and adopting them for conservation. The mission is gaining momentum as thousands of students are realising the need of improving green cover in the city. A green challenge is open for people from other walks of public life in the city to be part of the mission. The Rajamahendravaram Municipal Corporation supports the mission by providing water for the conservation of the saplings.
On 08 March 2021 of International Women’s Day, the Andhra pradesh State government has launched Swechaa, a programme for ensuring free supply of 10 sanitary napkins per month to every adolescent girl studying in Class 7 to Class 12 in all government schools, junior colleges and residential institutions in the State. The second component of the programme includes positioning of good quality branded sanitary napkins in all YSR Cheyutha stores in urban and rural areas to be provided at affordable rates to women. The Department of Women Development and Child Welfare will be the nodal department for implementation of the programme.
Among the 111 cities assessed as per the rankings of the Ease of Living Index -2020 released by the Union Ministry for Housing and Urban Affairs.
About Ease of Living Index (EoLI)
Ease of Life Index ranking was conceptualised in 2018 and developed with a framework in 2020. The EoLI 2020 strengthens its scope by consolidating the framework with the addition of a Citizen Perception Survey in the index, holding a weightage of 30%. It, therefore, examines the outcomes that lead to existing living conditions through pillars of Quality of Life, Economic Ability, Sustainability, spanning across 13 categories of Education, Health, Housing and Shelter, WASH and SWM, Mobility, Safety and Security, Recreation, Level of Economic Development, Economic Opportunities, Environment, Green Spaces, and Buildings, Energy Consumption, and City Resilience, that account for 70% of the overall outcome.
From a consistent rise in the number of tigers at Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve (NSTR) to minimising man-animal conflict to address wildlife conservation. Among one of the major wildlife conservation initiatives, The Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve (NSTR) has reported a continuous increase in tiger numbers. During 2020-21, 63 individual tiger pictures were captured in camera traps. Undertaking active surveillance by using sensor-based camera traps, 24 X7 patrolling by the personnel and engaging the local community have helped in their conservation efforts.
About Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve
Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve is the largest tiger reserve in India . The reserve spreads over five districts, Kurnool District, Prakasam District, Guntur District, Nalgonda District and Mahbubnagar district. The total area of the tiger reserve is 3,728 km2 (1,439 sq mi). The core area of this reserve is 1,200 km2 (460 sq mi). It is the largest tiger reserve forest in India.