Vidya Deevena: CM Jagan releases Rs. 698 Cr for 9 lakh students

The government so far has transferred Rs 13,311 crore under the Jagananna Vidya Deevena and Vasathi Deevena schemes

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  19 March 2023 11:10 AM GMT
AP CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy along with the students during Jagananna Vidya Deevena programme in Tiruvuru, NTR district.

Tiruvuru: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy released Rs 698.68 crore under Jagananna Vidya Deevena for total fee reimbursement of 9.86 lakh students pursuing ITI, polytechnic, degree, engineering, medicine, and other professional courses, for October through December 2022. The amount would be directly deposited into the bank accounts of students’ mothers.

Addressing a huge gathering of students and parents after releasing the amount on Sunday, the Chief Minister said that the fate of the poor can be changed for the better through education only and the scheme was introduced with the sole aim of providing higher education to poor students.

The government so far has transferred Rs 13,311 crore under the Jagananna Vidya Deevena and Vasathi Deevena schemes, he said, and added that out of the total, Rs 9,947 crore was spent on Vidya Deevena alone, benefitting 27 lakh students so far.

Taking note of the fast-changing face of classrooms in schools with digitalisation, he vowed to bring the government schools in the state on par with corporate schools. “Give me two years, I will remove the impression that government schools can’t compete with corporate schools. Instead, the face of the government schools will undergo total change to force the corporate schools to compete with the former,” he said.

He cited the example of IAS officer S Dilli Rao, who hails from a poor family in the Srikakulam district, becoming the District Collector.

Responding to the appeals of Tiruvuru MLA K Rakshana Nidhi, the Chief Minister granted Rs 26 crore for constructing a bridge on Kattaleru stream and Rs 50 crore for bringing Krishna surface water to A Konduru Mandalam to reduce the recurrence of kidney ailments. “Tiruvuru will soon have a skill development centre. In fact, we will make sure all 175 Assembly constituencies will have a skill development centre each,” said Jagan.

Further, Jagan asked the students and parents to call 1902 if they face issues with colleges so that the CMO will directly talk to the colleges for resolution.

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