Benefit to lakhs of students
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy released Rs.694 crore under the Jagananna Vidya Deevena scheme as fees reimbursement for the July-September quarter, benefiting 11.02 lakh students, here on Wednesday.
The amount will be directly credited into the bank accounts of the mothers of the students. The total amount released so far under the Vidya Deevena scheme is Rs 12,401 crore, which includes arrears to the tune of Rs 1,778 crore kept pending by the previous TDP government since 2017.
Addressing a huge public meeting on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the direct credit of fees reimbursement into the bank accounts of students’ mothers would empower them to question the college managements on the quality of education provided to the students.
“While the students faced a pathetic situation during the TDP rule that kept pending Rs.1,778 crore towards fee reimbursement for the years 2017-18 and 2018-19, the YSRCP government has been striving hard to change the shape of the educational sector by implementing Jagananna Amma Vodi, Jagananna Vasathi Deevena, Jagananna Vidya Kanuka, Jagananna Goru Mudda, Nadu-Nedu and Jagananna Vidya Deevena, for which a whopping Rs. 54,908 crore has already been spent,” the Chief Minister said.
Recalling how the TDP government diluted the fees reimbursement scheme introduced by his father and former Chief Minister YS Rajaskehara Reddy, Jagan said a series of complaints were received from students during his Padayatra. Later, the scheme was transformed as Jagananna Vidya Deevena scheme after YSRCP came to power. Asking people to judge his governance by using the yardstick of the welfare benefits they had received, the CM urged them not to believe the false propaganda unleashed by the TDP and its ‘friendly media’.
“The gang comprising Chandrababu, his foster son and his friendly media have pursued the policy of plunder, stash and devour,” he said.The Chief Minister asked the people to see the difference between the YSRCP government, which stood for accountability and considered its party’s manifesto as a holy book, and the TDP rule, which totally neglected agriculture, education, welfare of women, minorities and the downtrodden while pretending otherwise.
He said the government was fighting with demons to implement its welfare programmes.
Appealing to the people to bless him to serve them more, he said his government had already fulfilled 98 per cent of its promises. He exhorted the students to have good education and become top-notch professionals, saying that the government was ready to extend the required financial support to any number of students in each and every family as it considered expenses on education as an investment for future. “Education is the only asset that we pass on to the next generations,” he said.
In response to the appeal of the Madanapalle MLA Mohammed Nawaz Basha, he granted Rs 5 crore for the construction of Tippu Sultan Masjid, Rs 30 crore for the construction of CC roads and drainages, Rs 14 crore for expediting the construction of the three R&B bridges and Rs.7.30 crore for constructing a bridge over River Bahuda.
YSRCP MP Mithun Reddy, Education Minister Botsa Satyanarayana, MLA Mohammed Nawaz Basha and Energy Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy were among those who attended the programme.
Courtesy : The Pioneer
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