CM YS Jagan Government Initiatives for Women’s Empowerment in Andhra Pradesh

Claiming that Andhra Pradesh has experienced a golden age for women’s empowerment, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said that over the past two and a half years, the government has been striving to empower women politically, socially, economically and the collective wisdom of the voters reflected in all elections, including Kuppam.

The various welfare schemes have taken the form of votes in local body elections where the YSRCP’s share of the vote has increased several times, decimating the opposition into shambles, the chief minister said amid the protests. thumps from the desk during a discussion on women’s empowerment on the opening day of the Assembly Sitting on Thursday.

Listing various initiatives taken by the government over the past two and a half years, the chief minister said that the Amma Vodi program has been made available to nearly 44.50 lakh mothers to send their children to school, which solves both the dropout rate and the problem. of child labor by providing Rs 6,500 crore each year. So far, Rs 13,023 crore has been directly credited to beneficiary accounts without discrimination or corruption. Likewise, Jagananna Vidya Deevena and Jagananna Vasathi Deevena for full reimbursement of fees and board and mess fees were also credited to mother’s bank account. He said the state government credited Rs 5,573 crore to the accounts of 18.51 lakh mothers under Vidya Deevena and Rz 2,270 crore to 15.57 lakh mothers under Vasati Devena.

Speaking on YSR Pension Kanuka, he looked at the previous TDP government, which distributed pensions only to those with the recommendations of the Janma Bhoomi committee and gave only Rs 1000 per month until October 2018. Total spending during the TDP regime were only Rs 400 crore. each month with only 39 lakh recipients. In contrast, the YSRCP government increased the pension amount to Rs 2,250 reaching 61.73 lakh beneficiaries right on their doorstep and covering 98% of disbursements with a total expenditure of Rs 1,500 crore each month. Out of the total 61.73 lakh beneficiaries, 36.7 lakh are women receiving approximately Rs 21,899 crore.

Under YSR Aasara, 78.76 lakhs of women have received 12,758 crore rupees over the past two years as part of the waiver of outstanding loans from women’s self-help groups. He said the previous TDP government abandoned the zero-interest loan program, collapsing the system, which got Aasara a break in the current government.

The YSR Cheyutha program aims to empower women aged 45-60 from weaker sections and minorities through entrepreneurship in dairy, grocery and other selected fields with an annual incentive of 18,750 Rs for a period of four years corresponding to an expenditure of Rs 8,944 crore over the past two years benefiting 24.56 lakh women. In order to offer women business opportunities, sustainable income and secure investment, the state government has signed memoranda of understanding with giant companies like AMUL, Proctor and Gamble, ITC, Allana Group, Reliance, among others, where women earn additional income. income up to Rs 15,000 each month.

Taking a step forward, under 17,000 settlements of Jagananna YSR, 31 lakhs of house sites were distributed, covering a quarter of the population. Construction of 15.60 lakh houses has started which would create assets of around Rs 5-10 lakh. He said opposition parties tried to block the program by going to court.

To combat malnutrition among pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under the age of six, the state government has established the YSR Sampoorna Poshanam Plus and YSR Sampoorna Poshanam programs to provide additional nutrition in the Anganwadi centers. About 30.16 lakh mothers and children benefit from the two programs, where the state spent Rs 1900 crore per year, while the previous government only spent Rs 500 crore. The Anganwadis also serve as grassroots schools, basic satellite schools that provide education in English from the earliest stages.

In addition, women from Kapu, Ontario and Balija communities in the 45-60 age group receive Rs 15,000 per year under YSR Kapu Nestham, benefiting 3.82 lakh women for an expenditure of Rs 982 crore. Soon, starting January 9, EBC Nestam will be launched to support economically backward women from upper castes.

The chief minister said that a 50 percent reservation has been given to women in all appointed positions and jobs. Of the 202 presidential positions in companies, 51 percent (102) are women and 586 are women among the 1154 directors.

For the first of its kind by a state in the country, Andhra Pradesh launched special initiatives such as Disha Police Stations, Special Courts and passed the Disha Law, which received Center approval. Disha Bill was promptly brought to justice in crimes against women cases, where 18 special police stations, 13 fast-track courts are established statewide as well as forensic laboratories. The Disha app was downloaded by over 90 Lakh women and saved women via SOS with police intervention. Law and order were strengthened by prioritizing crime against women for swift action and equipped 18 vehicles for crime scene management. Serious Crimes Against Women Investigation Also Shortened to 42 Days and Sex Offenders Geotagged

Taking strict measures towards the alcohol abolition, the state government closed belt shops and license rooms and further reduced the number of outlets. Previously, the sale of IMFL was 34 lakh cases, but has now fallen to 21.22 lakh cases. Likewise, the beer sale which was 17 lakh cases has now come down to 7 lakh cases.

As part of Swechha, 10 lakh students who study in 10,388 public schools receive free branded sanitary napkins and more than 56,703 public schools are being renovated under the Nadu-Nedu program, including toilets.

Mara R. Wilmoth