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Unicef, charting out perspective plan for AP

Our Bureau

HYDERABAD, July 31

THE Unicef, in league with the Andhra Pradesh Government, is charting out a comprehensive result-based perspective plan which will identify areas for thrust aimed at mid-term correction and to initiate focussed development.

As a part of the Country Programme Preparation, the Unicef has initiated exercise following a need to re-examine the objectives, test the premise and to finetune existing interventions for development of women and child.

The State Representative, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Mr William B. Thompson, said that the consultations provide an opportunity to take stock of present strategies and see if they are still pertinent. The key issue is `Do recent developments within An dhra Pradesh warrant changes or refinements to the next Master Plan of operations ?''

Mr Thompson said that the idea was to identify areas for thrust particularly that affect children and women. Based on this, the Government and the Unicef will work up strategies for interventions.

The effort will henceforth be directed towards promotion of partnerships, strengthening decentralisation, ensuring centrality of girls and women and more importantly promote convergence at the grassroots.

Under the new perspective plan, communities living in pockets of deprivation and poverty and children requiring special attention -- particularly in remote hills and deserts, tribal areas and slum dwellers, migratory communities, and those prone to envi ronmental disasters, and those in conflict -- are proposed to be covered with emphasis on results.

The purpose of revisiting the strategy is that significant changes have taken place in the civil society and the Government has also initiated a mid-term review of the Ninth Plan.

Reduction in infant mortality and maternal mortality, tackling low birth weight and elimination of child labour are among the thrust areas. It is proposed to lay emphasis on certain areas in backward districts of Medak, Chittoor, Nizamabad and Adilabad.

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