Amravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday launched the flag-ship programme Village Volunteers System for taking governance to the door-steps of the people by involving over 2.8 lakh village volunteers.
While delivering his maiden Independence day speech at IGMS grounds in Vijayawada, the Chief Minister announced that the village secretariats would be launched from October 2 by making the volunteers a bridge between the government and the people.
He also said village secretariats would be set up in each village to deliver governance to people in 72 hours. This scheme involves provision of one volunteer to cover 50 families in each village. Identity cards would be given to the volunteers and they would be given an honorarium of Rs 5,000 per month.
The volunteers would first identify the beneficiaries, get to know their problems and then delineate the schemes being provided by the government for them. The Chief Minister said that the scheme would be able to reach the poorest of the poor and make all the villages self-sufficient.
A toll-free telephone number 1902 would be set up at the call centre in the CMO to receive the grievances of the people.
According to him, the basic idea behind implementing the scheme is to infuse confidence among the people in the government and to see that their basic needs are met at their door-steps.
Later, addressing the village volunteers at a function hall in the city, the Chief Minister said that the village volunteers system was launched as the villages are backward even after 73 years of achieving independence. He said the volunteers would be trained to interact with the people by being fair and free.
Speaking about Amma Vodi scheme which would be launched on January 26 next year, the Chief Minister said all mothers would be given Rs 15,000 per year so that they can educate their children without any hassle.
He also said that YSR Rythu Bharosa scheme would be started from October 15 under which power would be provided to farmers free of cost and each farmer would get Rs 12,500 per year for the next four years.