CM YS Jagan Releases Rs. 81 Cr under YSR Kalyanamasthu, YSR Shaadi Tohfa Schemes

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Amaravati: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy released Rs. 81.64 crore towards the fourth tranche of YSR Kalyanamasthu and YSR Shaadi Tohfa benefiting girls married during the quarter July-September 2023.

Releasing the amount with the click of a button virtually from the Camp Office here on Thursday, the Chief Minister said that the scheme aims at helping girls from the poor SC, ST, BC, minority communities, construction worker families and the disabled to pursue their education. 

The amount, benefitting 10, 511 couples, would be directly credited into the bank accounts of their mothers. So far, a total of Rs. 348.84crore was disbursed to 46,062 beneficiaries under the scheme. 

Government has made Class X mandatory for the girls and their grooms to become eligible for the scheme and also fixed the marriage age limit for girls and boys as 18 and 21 respectively.

These conditions, coupled with other welfare schemes like Vidya Deevena, Vasathi Deevena and Amma Vodi, help the girls continue their education at the college level also besides avoiding child marriages, reducing drop-out rate and increasing the GRE (Gross Enrolment Ratio) in schools and colleges.

The Chief Minister said it is a matter of happiness that 8042 girls out of 10, 511 beneficiaries have also received the benefits of Amma Vodi, Vasathi Deevena and Vidya Deevena indicating that majority of them are pursuing college education.

Reasserting that education is the only weapon that eliminates social ills like poverty and transforms the society into a dynamic one, the Chief Minister said that the Kalyanamasthu scheme also works as an additional factor towards this transformation.   

While the TDP Government implemented the scheme for name sake and ditched 17,709 girls, the present Government introduced it with good intention and has been implementing it with commitment, he added. 

He stated that while SC, ST, BC, and Minority beneficiaries got Rs 40,000, Rs 50,000, Rs 35,000, and Rs 50,000 each during TDP rule, the present Government has increased it to Rs 1,00,000, Rs 1,00,000, Rs 50,000 and Rs 1,00,000 respectively. 

While the differently-abled people and construction workers were promised Rs 1,00,000 and Rs 20,000 each in the TDP rule, they have been getting the enhanced benefits of Rs 1,50,000 and Rs. 40,000  respectively now. 

Similarly, the incentives for SC, ST, and BC beneficiaries who opted for inter-caste marriage went up to Rs 1,20,000 from Rs 75,000 each, to Rs 1, 20,000 from Rs 75,000 each, and to Rs 75,000 from Rs 50,000 each respectively. 

Some of the beneficiaries from different districts also spoke virtually and thanked the Chief Minister for implementing the scheme. 

Social Welfare Minister M.Nagarjuna, Women and Child Welfare Minister KV Ushasri Charan, BC Welfare Minister Ch. Venugopala Krishna, Labour Minister G. Jayaram, Special Chief Secretaries G. Ananta Ramu (BC Welfare) and Ajay Jain (Village and Ward Secretariats), Minority welfare Secretary A, Md. Imtiaz, Village and Ward Secretariats Director Lakshmi Shah and senior officials were among those present. Several District Collectors participated in the programme virtually.

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