AP Government had established the AP State Disaster Mitigation Society (APSDMS) after the APHM & ECR project that was funded by the World Bank got over in 2003. After the completion of the project APHM & ECR Project which was funded by the World Bank, APSDMS was established as an autonomous Society that came into effect from 1.3.2003 under the administrative control of Planning Department. It was entrusted to take up Disaster Mitigation studies relating to “Rainfall, Run-off, Flood Forecasting, Cyclone model for Track, Wind and Storm Surge forecast to improve the early warning capabilities of State on natural disasters. The society in course of its working also started studies on Coastal Zone Management, Delta Water management, Preparation of Disaster Management Plans related to Cyclone, Drought and Earthquakes as part of its long term mitigation measures.
After almost 10 years of its existence, APSDMS was restructured and re-named as Andhra Pradesh State Development Planning Society (APSDPS) with effect from 01-04-2012, with modified by-laws and structure (vide Government vide G.O. Ms. No.2.Plg.(I) Department Dated 28.02.12.). APSDPS has been formed to support the Planning Department to undertake activities pertaining to Result Framework (RF) based planning and growth forecasting through professional support, mainstreaming the disaster mitigation and networking with various national and international organizations.
APSDPS is intended to be a Development Planning unit that assists in steering the planning department in charting a planned development process in the state. The focus is on initialising studies, research, reviews, appraisals and data base on key growth parameters in the state. The Society collects data from different departments / schemes / programmes, analyses growth patterns and trends, identifies gaps and areas of concern, collates interdepartmental data to get both a Macro and Micro picture of the functioning of sectors and programmes that aid in planning the key areas of focus in terms of funds, allocations, schemes, locations and types of interventions to be undertaken. The Planning activity with the support of a specialised unit is poised to become a professional exercise where trends and concerns pinpoint the focus areas and assist in preparing the action plans. The Planning exercise can with this focus transform from a mechanical and routine exercise into a demand driven, target oriented and effective tool that can hugely enhance developmental prospects of the state.