Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday released the second tranche of YSR Aasara scheme. Nearly Rs. 6,440 crore was credited to the accounts of 78.76 lakh women from 7.97 lakh self-help groups (SHG) for the second consecutive year.
Under the scheme, the outstanding loans of women SHGs amounting to Rs. 25,517 crore (until April 2019) will be directly credited to their accounts in four phases. Addressing a public gathering here, the Chief Minister said the Aasara scheme will be implemented in Kadapa district from 6 to 15 November after the Badvel by-election ends.
He said the government has spent a total of Rs. 12,759 crore towards the YSR Aasara scheme alone in the last 28 months. The YSRCP, during the 2019 elections, had promised to pay back the amount in four phases. The government has already credited Rs. 12,759 crore in two phases and restarted zero-interest loan schemes benefiting nearly one crore women, Jagan said.
He said that due to the government's initiative, over three lakh women had started various businesses and were earning an additional income of Rs. 7,000 to 10,000 per month. He added that around one crore women from 9.41 lakh SHGs had benefited through zero-interest loans as the government had credited Rs. 2,362 crore. Through Amma Vodi, 44.50 lakh women and 85 lakh children has benefited and almost 61 lakh people have been receiving pensions in the state – the figure was only 39 lakh during the TDP rule, he said.
Fifty per cent of nominated posts and nominated works were reserved for women but in reality, more than 60.47 per cent of posts were given to women in various corporations, Jagan said adding that seven out of the 13 zilla parishad chairperson posts and 15 out of the 26 vice-chairman posts were given to women.
The government has spent Rs. 8,944 crore benefiting 24.56 lakh women through YSR Cheyutha; Rs. 5,573 crore for Vidya Deevena; Rs. 2,270 crore for Vasati Deevena; Rs. 881 crore for Sampoorna Poshana; Rs. 982 crore for YSR Kapu Nestam; and distributed 31 lakh house sites where each house is valued between Rs. 5-10 lakh.