Srikakulam: Chief Minister (CM), Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy announced a year-long calendar for welfare schemes in the state by stating that he believes that the election manifesto is like holy religious books. The CM toured Palasa, Srikakulam and Etcherla assembly segments in the district on Friday.
In the morning, the CM set the foundation stone for the protected drinking water scheme with an estimation of Rs 600 crore to supply water to residents of 807 villages in seven mandals in the two assembly segments, Palasa and Itchapuram. He also set the foundation stone for 200 beds in a super speciality hospital cum research centre for kidney diseases at Palasa and also for the construction of a jetty for fishermen, with an estimation of Rs 11.95 crore, between Manchineellapeta and Nuvvalarevu in Vajrapukotturu Mandal.
Later, he addressed the public in a meeting at Palasa. On the occasion, he emphasised that he is committed to the fulfilment of assurances he made during his 3,648 km padayatra before the elections. "As part of it, we are going to implement all assured schemes till next April from this October onwards," said the CM. He announced Rs 5,000 as monthly pension for kidney patients who have crossed the third stage and patients who have crossed the fifth stage i.e. dialysis, will be receiving Rs 10,000 as a monthly pension. He also made assurances to appoint one health worker for every 500 kidney patients, to guide them in getting quality treatment. Free bus passes will also be issued to kidney
patients and health workers, including free lab tests and medicine.
The CM, on the occasion, declared that several welfare schemes will follow the implementation schedule. From 15th October Rs 12,500 will be paid to farmers as RythuBarosa and Rs 10,000 for auto drivers. From 1st November Rs 10,000 will be paid to fishermen to help support them and from 21st November Rs 9 will be provided as subsidy on litre diesel cost to fishermen. Rs 24,000 will also be paid to weavers as aid from December. Mothers of school children will receive Rs 15,000 on 26th January next year and Rs 20,000 will be granted to mothers of students who are pursuing engineering and other higher courses; a fee reimbursement will be also applicable to them. Rs 10,000 will be given as aid to tailors, haircutting saloon shop holders and washermen from February.
The CM also stated that the heads of religious locations like temples, mosques and churches will also be paid a financial aid from next March.
"We will distribute 25 lakh house sites on the day of Ugadi festival this year and will also construct houses for 6 lakh families every year and complete 25 lakh houses in four years," guaranteed CM Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy. The CM also promised to pay YSR PelliKanuka from 2nd April, on the eve of Srirama Navami. He explained that zero per cent interest amounts will be credited to the bank accounts of SHG women and farmers and the receipts, submitted to the concerned beneficiaries.
CM announced the appointment of one man commission with JC Sharma, to study Benthu Oriyas and Budaga Jangalu and said that they have issued GO No.104 on Thursday. At the public meeting venue, the CM started the distribution of quality rice to white ration cardholders. He said that "we started it as a pilot project in Srikakulam and will continue till next April and later implement it in the entire state."
The CM also paid an enhanced compensation amount for Titli cyclone victims on the occasion of the meeting.
In the evening, Jagan Mohan Reddy inaugurated a new building with 60 classrooms at the IIT campus at Etcherla, which was built with Rs 50 crore. He also interacted with students and said that more than 90 per cent of the IT sector is damaged due to the state division and assured to appoint quality teaching staff and to provide facilities.
Later in the evening, the CM inaugurated the central kitchen room at Akshaya Patra foundation at Singupuram near Srikakulam. This foundation provides food for government school students.