Andhra to ensure Rs 10,000 monthly income to poor families

Amaravati: Efforts are on to ensure that every poor family has a monthly income of Rs 10,000, said Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday.

Naidu, who released the white paper on social empowerment and welfare, said: “Making efforts to provide Rs 10,000 income per month to poor families.” Chief Minister said that in the past four and a half years of the TDP government in the state the priority has been given for “the welfare” in the state budget.

“Separate corporations were set up for all sections of the people. Fee reimbursement to poor students was implemented, while the number of residential schools was increased. The Mid-Day meal scheme achieved 66 per cent public satisfaction,” he said in an official statement.

Chief Minister Naidu said that Anna canteens were set up to provide hygienic food to poor at a minimum cost of Rs 5, while the old age pension under NTR Bharosa scheme was increased to Rs 1,000 per month. “We have also provided Internet, TV and phone facility through AP fiber net,” he added.

“The state government is providing financial assistance to the tune of Rs 15 lakh to students under the Videsh Vidya scheme. Welfare programmes are being implemented and monitored in real time,” he said, adding that “establishing happy society is my aim.”

Stating that welfare programmes play a key role in the economic uplift of the poor, Chief Minister Naidu said: “The TDP government has launched several welfare programmes for the benefit of the poor. Development of the society is possible only with the economic uplift of the poor. Creating wealth by using available resources is the only way to distance poverty.”

He said that the state government implemented the loan waiver scheme for farmers despite the problems arising out of the state’s bifurcation and related financial crisis. “The state government has been implementing the welfare programmes right from the birth of a child and giving priority to the family and society’s welfare,” he added.

The Chief Minister further added that his government was implementing the Public Distribution System (PDS) scheme in a big way. “We are implementing Chandranna Bhima for the benefit of the people working in unorganised sector. Chandranna Bhima has achieved 94 per cent satisfaction rating from the public,” he said.