Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government, on 19 August, gave its nod to YSR Asara scheme to empower women and improve their financial standing.

After the Cabinet meeting, the information and public relations minister, Perni Venkataramaiah, said as many as 9,33,180 women’s groups and 90 lakh women will benefit under the YSR Asara scheme. The government will spend Rs. 27,169 crore in the next four years, including Rs. 6792.21 crore in 2020-21. Under this scheme, the state government will waive off the loans of the DWCRA groups in four installments.

In addition to this, the Cabinet finalised the launch dates for two schemes – YSR Sampoorna Poshana and Sampoorna Poshana – for 1 September. They are aimed at providing a complete nutritional diet to pregnant women, lactating mothers, and children with a budget of Rs. 1,863 crore for 2020-21. Similarly, YSR Vidya Kanuka scheme is set to launch on 5 September with an expenditure of Rs. 648.09 crores in order to help 43 lakh students and provide three pairs of uniforms, shoes, school bags, notebooks, and textbooks.

As promised during the padayatra, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has decided to provide quality rice at the doorstep of ration cardholders after witnessing their plight over poor quality rice distribution,

In this context, the Cabinet approved the launching of this initiative across the state from 1 December for which the state will spend Rs. 480 crores for sortexed rice and Rs. 296 crores for delivering the ration supplies to the doorsteps. With a budget of Rs. 550 crores, as many as 9,260 vehicles will be provided for the unemployed youth of BC, SC, ST, and Minority communities with 60 per cent subsidy to take up the deliveries.

Apart from this, the Cabinet also approved YSR Bheema (life insurance) for the 1.5 crore ration cardholders across the state with a total budget of Rs. 583.5 crores. The Cabinet gave a green signal for key initiatives like the recruitment of 51 divisional development officer posts in the Panchayati Raj department, DPR by RITES company for phase-1 construction of Bhavanapadu port with Rs. 3,669.95 crores, state’s new Industrial Development Policy 2020-23, and the amendment of AP Aquaculture Seed Quality Control Act.

The AP Cabinet gave in-principle approval for the establishment of an electronic manufacturing cluster in Kopparthi in YSR Kadapa district aiming to create employment for one lakh people along with Rs. 10,000 crore investment. In regard to this, the state is going to spend Rs. 730 crores to create basic infrastructure. In addition to this, the Cabinet approved the setting up of bulk-drug park in East Godavari district with an investment of Rs. 6,940 crores. On these lines, the Cabinet gave its nod for establishing AP Bulk-drug Infrastructure Corporation.

The Cabinet also approved the development of a hydropower-generating unit in Visakhapatnam by establishing two units with a capacity of 115 MW each with a budget of Rs. 510 crores. The Cabinet gave its approval for the establishment of police sub-division and traffic police station at Rayachoti and sanctioned 76 home guard posts in YSR Kadapa district. Besides these, the Cabinet discussed agriculture and marketing issues, especially farm mechanisation and market intervention.

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