Jagan releases Rs.141 crore for YSR Kalyanamasthu, Shadi Tohfa
Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday released Rs.141.60 crore towards financial assistance under YSR Kalyanamasthu and YSR Shaadi Tohfa benefiting 18,883 girls married during the quarter AprilJune, 2023.
The amount will be directly credited into the bank accounts of their mothers.
Depositing the amount virtually from the Tadepalli Camp Office near here, the Chief Minister said the scheme was introduced to help girls from the poor SC, ST, BC, minority communities, construction worker families and the disabled to pursue their education.
“We have made Class X mandatory for the girls to become eligible for the scheme besides fixing the marriage age for boys at 21. These conditions and the implementation of Amma Vodi, Jagananna Vidya Deevena and Vasthi Deevea are helping the girls continue their education till graduation," he stated.
Reddy said It will also help reduce drop-out rate and increase enrolment ratio in schools and colleges.
The intended results are tangible as 7,344 girls out of 8,524 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-21 have become graduates due to Amma Vodi, Jagananna Vidya Deevena and Vasthi Deevea and expressed happiness over the development.
Reasserting that education is the panacea for driving away poverty and other ills from the society, the Chief Minister said that the other intention of the scheme is to prevent poor families from falling into dept trap.
Parents want their girls to have good education and lead a happy settled life, he said adding that YSR Kalyanamasthu and YSR Shaadi Tohfa will go a long way in helping the poor families realize this dream.
The Chief Minister said that in the last nine months, a total of Rs.267.20 crore was disbursed to 35,551 beneficiaries under the scheme.
“In this third tranche, we have included 227 couples who missed the benefits for various reasons in the first two tranches,” he said.
While the TDP Government implemented the scheme for name sake and ditched 17,709 girls, we are sincere in implemention of the scheme.
While SC, ST, BC, and minority beneficiaries got Rs.40,000, Rs.50,000, Rs.35,000, and Rs. 50,000 each during the TDP rule, the present government hiked it to Rs1,00,000, Rs. 1,00,000 Rs.50,000, and Rs. 1,00,000 respectively, he said.
While the differently-abled people and construction workers were promised Rs. 1,00,000 and Rs.20,000 each in the TDP rule, they have been getting the hiked benefit of Rs.1,50,000 and Rs.40,000 respectively now.