Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday credited Rs. 192 crore into the accounts of 80,032 handloom weavers under YSR Nethanna Nestham. This was the third consecutive year that the YSRCP government has paid the money directly into the accounts of the beneficiaries.
The government pays Rs. 24,000 to each beneficiary under the scheme to support the weavers.
The Chief Minister said the financial benefit was part of his election promise made during his padayatra in Andhra Pradesh in 2019. He said that each beneficiary will get Rs 1.2 lakh over a period of five years to continue and safeguard their profession.
Jagan also said that the government has given Rs. 576 crore to weavers' families in the last 26 months under the Nethanna Nestham scheme. So far, the government has paid Rs. 72,000 to each family.
The Chief Minister also said that those who are eligible but have been left out from the scheme can still apply at the village and ward secretariats within a month to avail the financial aid. He further said that the government had paid Rs. 103 crore dues for the APCO and other cooperative societies. He said that the previous government had spent only Rs. 259 crore in their five-year rule for handloom weavers.