Jagan steers AP towards welfare state

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Welfare, social justice, transparency hallmark of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy governance

Amaravati, May 29: From assuming office in the summer of 2019, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, during the two years, has changed the grammar of governance, delivered social justice system, empowered weaker sections and women, even while weathering the stormy pandemic effectively besides steering YSRCP to landslide in local body elections.
Fulfilling majority of poll promises, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy stood by example and the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) has rooted out corruption and middlemen ushering in transparency into administration. Nowhere in the country  pensions are being disbursed at doorstep of the beneficiary before sunrise.

The overwhelming mandate in the panchayat and municipal elections and Tirupati bypoll endorsed the governance of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in clear terms while farmers have been getting bounty sops from sowing to marketing, education getting the right syntax from Amma Vodi to Skill Development courses, medicare getting the pulse right with YSR Aarogyasri and welfare touching all sections of society.

In the past two years,  the State government had directly credited Rs 95,528.50 crore in to the beneficiaries accounts with no role of middlemen and indirectly spent over Rs 36,197.05 crore on Sampoorna Poshana, free power to farmers, Goru Muddha and many more schemes, aggregating to Rs 1.31 lakh crores. The pensions and other welfare services are being door delivered to beneficiaries through Village and Ward Volunteers on the first of every montg, rain or shine.

Seeing the plight of the poor in 3,648 km padayatra, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had brought a manifesto and nearly fulfilled all promises in two years.
Covid percolated into the second year but the State has been taking effective measures in liaison with Centre for distribution of oxygen and vaccination.

In fact, Andhra Pradesh is the first state to bring Corona treatment and Black fungus under Dr. YSR Aarogyasri scheme. Testing, tracing and treatment are being carried out to cater to the growing number of cases.  The State Government is committed for  vaccination to all in order of priority for building a corona-free society. The government has spent Rs 2,229 crores for Covid treatment in the past 14 months. Under the current circumstances, the government is taking steps to set up oxygen plants across the State, keeping future needs in view.

The state government has embarked on major changes in the medical field with the intention of providing quality medical care to all the poor and middle class people without any difficulty.  Soon after forming the government, Chief Minister laid a special focus on upgrading the Aarogyasri scheme, by making it available for all those families having up to Rs 5 lakh income, besides increasing the number of treatments to 2434 and has made available to the public 1,180 state-of-the-art mobile clinics and ambulances in the 104 and 108 services at a cost of Rs 210 crores to provide emergency medical care to patients during emergencies.

Modernization of hospitals has been undertaken on a large scale under Nadu-Nedu scheme to radically change the look of government hospitals and provide corporate medical services to the poor as well. Besides revamping the existing hospitals, the government has also embarked on constructing 16 new Medical Colleges one in each Parliamentary Constituency, three Cancer  and two Kidney Specialty Hospitals along with six Multi-Specialty Hospitals under ITDA.

In regard to the education sector, the government has taken initiatives in strengthening the education system by revamping the government schools, providing English medium education, besides supporting the families with welfare schemes like Vidya Deevena, Vasati Deevena, Amma Vodi, and Vidya Kanuka. In the Education sector alone, the Government has spent Rs 25,714 crores in two years since 2019, believing that as an investment towards the golden future of the children.

Towards Jagananna Amma Vodi alone, the government had credited Rs 13,022.90 crores directly in mothers’ accounts of 44,48,865 students. Further, the State government had decided to implement CBSE Syllabus from 2021-22 academic year to improve academic standards of students and further revamp Anganwadis as YSR Free Primary Schools offering PP1, PP2 and Pre-first Class.

The farmer-friendly government had spent  Rs 83,000 crore towards farmer welfare in the last two years, whereas for Rythu Bharosa alone Rs 17,029 crore was spent. This is the only government that has extended this scheme to tenant farmers. The government has been working to safeguard the interests of the farmers and brought 10778 RBKs integrating with village secretariats to benefit the farmers with not just from seeds to marketing but RBKs also serving as crop purchasing centres. A price stabilization fund of Rs 3,000 crores has been set up as part of providing Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops grown by farmers. Also, nearly 2 lakh bores and pump sets were given to the farmers at free of cost by spending around Rs 4,932 crores under the ‘YSR Jala Kala scheme’.

Like never before by any State government, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy led government has been compensating for the crop damage at the end of the season. So far, Rs 1,038 crore has been paid to 13.56 lakh farmers whose crops have been damaged. Keeping up the poll promise, the Chief Minister has embarked on providing nine hours free quality electricity for farmers during day time with an expenditure of Rs17,430 crores. Besides these, the government has been supporting the farmers through interest free loans, free crop insurance, providing quality material at the village level and many more.

On the social front, the government had provided 50 percent reservations to SCs, STs, BCs, minorities in nominated posts and prioritised women with 50 percent reservations. On many occasions, the Chief Minister had stated that the true development comes with women empowerment, and the government has kept its word in truly empowering women by assisting with schemes like YSR Aasara,YSR Cheyutha, YSR Sunna Vaddi Runalu focusing entrepreneurship in dairy, grocery, and other chosen fields. The government has already entered into agreements with giants such as P&G, ITC, HUL, AMUL, ALLANA and various banks empowering women to uplift the poor economically and socially. The government has benefited women to the tune of Rs 82,368.31 crore in the last two years through various welfare schemes. After a lot of hurdles, distribution of house sites for the poor was successfully done, where as many as 31 lakh women beneficiaries have become owners of their house. The Chief Minister has decided to develop smart layouts in towns for realising the dream of every middle-class family living in cities and towns to own an affordable house of their own. The Chief Minister has introduced,the first of its kind public distribution system in the country, to deliver the ration provisions to the beneficiaries at their doorstep through mobile delivery vehicles every month.  A total of 9,260 vehicles are being deployed for the scheme which would cost the government Rs 830 crore annually.

Paving way for social justice, in the Municipal Elections, 10 out of the 11 Mayor posts were given to weaker sections and six of them went to women who are heading big cities like  Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati Municipal Corporations. Of the 86 posts of Mayors and Chairpersons, 52 are women, logging 60.47 percent, while the normal quota is only 42 posts. Similarly, of the 728 posts of Chairpersons and Directors to the 56 BC Corporations, 368 are women, marking true political empowerment.

The State government had signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)s with various companies in fields like agriculture, retail, marketing, dairy sectors. To encourage natural farming procedures in the state the government signed an MoU with German firm KFW representatives regarding Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF). A MoU with Immunologix India Private Limited(IGY) was signed for setting up of a vaccine manufacturing unit at Pulivendula.

Apart from the welfare activities, the State government has taken bold decisions like decentralization of administration with Visakhapatnam the Executive Capital, Amaravati the Legislative Capital, and Kurnool the Judicial Capital. Further, the government went against the Centre’s decision in privatising Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, which is running in losses and thus suggested measures to overcome them.
Summing up YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government has carried out warfare activity even in hard times and presented a balanced budget.