Chief Minister announces new scheme of providing free power of up to 75 units
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has announced a new scheme under which BPL households would not be charged for 75 units of power consumed and named it as Babu Jagjivan Ram Jeevan Jyothy.
The scheme is expected to provide some relief to the families feeling the pinch of increase in power tariff.
He was making the announcement during the 110th birth anniversary celebrations of Jagjivan Ram here on Wednesday.
The Chief Minister unveiled another scheme under which beneficiaries belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes would be given Multi Purpose Vehicles (MPV), which could be operated as commercial taxis.
The first lot of 125 MPVs would be given away during the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of B.R. Ambedkar on April 14.
The government would provide 60% subsidy on the off-road price of the MPVs in the scheme meant to provide self- employment.
The MPVs could be operated as commercial taxis by the beneficiaries. Mr. Naidu said that beneficiaries would be given Rs. 15 lakh as subsidy under the Land Purchase Scheme.
Eligible SC/ST beneficiaries would be allotted land by the government in which they could take up any revenue generation activity.
“This government has scaled up the budgetary allocation under SCSP-TSP to Rs. 9,750 crore, an increase of Rs. 1,200 crore from the previous year. We have designed 15 welfare schemes for BC/SC/ST beneficiaries and providing pension to 47 lakh people in spite of severe financial crunch,” Mr. Naidu said.
The Chief Minister reiterated that health, welfare, and education would continue to be his priorities, and said that six lakh scholarships had been provided to deserving students under the Ambedkar Overseas Fund. Students who secured admission into overseas institutions would be provided a grant of Rs. 10 lakh, he said. Housing would be given utmost priority and the government would construct 10 lakh houses by the year 2019, he said. “We have also effected a 30% rise in the daily allowances under the NREGA,” he said. Minister for Social Welfare Nakka Anand Babu, Minister for Civil Supplies Prathipati Pulla Rao, Chairperson of SC/ST Commission Karem Sivaji, Chairman of SC Corporation Jupudi Prabhakara Rao, Chairperson of AP Mahila Commission N. Rajakumari, former Ministers D. M. Vara Prasad, J.R. Pushparaj, and Collector Kantilal Dande were present.