On September 11, 2020 As a step to empower women economically and socially, YS Jaganmohan Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh(AP), launched ‘YSR Aasara’ scheme. Under the scheme, AP government will reimburse outstanding bank loans of women Self-Help Groups (SHG) as on April 11, 2019 into their accounts directly in four phases. YSR Aasara is a part of the Navaratna welfare schemes.
1st installment released
In a virtual meeting with all district collectors and some of the beneficiaries, AP government has disbursed Rs 6,792.20 crores as the 1st installment of the total due of Rs 27,168.83 crores to bank accounts of 87,74,674 women belonging to 8.7 lakh SHGs.
Ministers- Botcha Satyanarayana, P. Viswaroop, and Ch. Srinivasa Venugopala Krishna; Chief Secretary Neelam Sawhney, Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs)- R.K. Roja and V. Rajani, Adviser S. Ramakrishna Reddy; CEO of SERP- Raja Babu, and other officials of the Panchayat Raj, BC Welfare, Social Welfare, and Minority Welfare departments were present during the event.
i.There is no restriction for the beneficiaries to utilise this amount,i.e., they can use it the way they like.
ii.If they intend to invest the money and make use of the business opportunities, Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty(SERP) and Mission for Elimination of Poverty and in Municipal Areas(MEPMA).
iii.AP government will also open opportunities for entrepreneurship starting from small grocery stores to dairy and food processing
AP Govt has signed MoU with corporates like ITC, Amul Dairy and Reliance, which was a part of women empowerment through YSR Cheyutha and ‘YSR Aasara’
Few Other Schemes, Act initiatives Introduced by AP Govt:
YSR Sampoorna Poshana– nutritional support to lactating mothers and infants
Jagananna Ammavodi scheme– Depositing Rs 15,000 directly to the accounts of 43 lakh women.
Vidya Deevena scheme– A complete fee reimbursement scheme for college students
Vasati Deevena scheme– Govt is paying Rs 20, 000 to degree, ITI, polytechnic, eng. students to accommodate expenses under the scheme with an annual expenditure of Rs 1,221 crore
Nadu-Nedu– All schools and hostels are given a complete facelift.
Jagananna Vasthi Deevena– Financial assistance of Rs 2,300 crore is to be provided in 2 installments to meet the hostel and mess expenses of students who are pursuing post-intermediate courses.
YSR Cheyutha scheme– Women between 45-60 yrs belonging to SC, ST,BC, Minorities will receive Rs 18,750 annually for 4 years.
YSR Sunna Vaddi– Under this, AP Govt has distributed Rs 1,400 crore to women in the 45-60 age group, irrespective of their region and affiliations.
50% reservation– For women, 50% reservation in all nominated posts
Disha Act, 2019– AP is the 1st state to enact the Disha Act, 2019 that provides stringent punishment to those who abuse, stalk or assault women.
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