Srikakulam: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy disbursed Rs. 6,595 crores in Srikakulam on 27 June under the Jagananna Amma Vodi scheme. This scheme is a step that has come a long way in transforming the lives of millions of families in Andhra Pradesh, he said.
Addressing school children at Srikakulam, the Chief Minister said, "In the years to come, Amma Vodi will be seen as a path-breaking initiative in the realm of education by any government." He added, "In the last 36 months, our government spent Rs. 52,600.65 crores on welfare schemes in the education sector."
For the third consecutive year, the Andhra Pradesh government disbursed funds benefiting 82,31,502 school students for the academic year 2021-22. Jagan credited Rs. 15,000 each into the bank accounts of the mothers of school children studying in classes I to XII. In the last few years, the state has seen an increase in the number of students enrolled in government schools. From 37.21 lakh in 2018-19, the number has gone up to 44.30 lakh students in 2021-22.
Under the Amma Vodi scheme, Rs. 15,000 per year is given to the mothers of school-going children. Out of this, the government will take Rs. 2,000 for School Maintenance Fund (SMF) and the Toilet Maintenance fund (TMF). As of now, the government has spent Rs. 19,617.53 crores, benefitting 44.50 lakh mothers and 82.31 lakh children. To ensure that the funds are used judiciously, the government has decided to implement mandatory attendance of 75% for students which will enable their mothers to derive the benefits of the Amma Vodi scheme. But the government exempted the minimum 75% attendance restriction in 2019-20 and 2021-22 due to the pandemic.