Amaravati, May 18: There is need for the State’s economy to open up during this 4.0 lockdown, which was hitherto in a dormant state for over the past 55 days for the containment of COVID-19 pandemic , said Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, while addressing the Spandana review meeting through a video conference here on Tuesday.
The Chief Minister was all praise for the Collectors, police personnel and the frontliners who strove for enforcing the lockdown strictly. He said it was the bounden duty of the frontline warriors to bringing back the economy on the rails right from small shops, public transport and other facilities and the same time creating an awareness among the people on the precautions to be taken, like maintaining physical distance and wearing the mask.
Except shopping malls, theatres and religious activities, all other activities will have to be started by the collectors by taking all precautionary measures. Though we have to live with COVID-19, one should not show any discrimination to the COVID-9 patients. Efforts should be made to make the people voluntarily get themselves tested in case of doubt. The collectors will have to take the lead in the setting up of the proposed YSR Village and Ward Clinics, he said.
The Chief Minister has enunciated a calendar for the revitalization and rejuvenation of the economy for which he said the collectors and the joint collectors have to take the lead. As per the calendar, half of the incentive arrears withheld by the previous government to the MSMEs of Rs 905 crore would be cleared by May 22 and the remaining cleared by June. The MSMEs are employing at least 10 lakh people who have to become self-reliant. A GO has also been issued waiving the electricity charges to them for three months, he said.
By May 26, all the archakas, pastors and imams would get a one-time help of Rs 5,000 each. Rythu Bharosa centres would be opened by May 30 to rejuvenate the
farmers needs for which a JC has been appointed. The RBKs would revolutionise the administration, he said.
YSR Vahana Mitra incentive of Rs 10,000 each would be delivered to auto and cab drivers on June 4 and by June 10, barbers, washermen, tailors and petty shop owners would be given an incentive of Rs 10,000 each. By June 17, weavers would be given incentives as part of YSR Chenetha Nestham and all the arrears to the Apco kept pending by the previous government would be cleared by this date. Cloth has been acquired from the Apco for making safety maskshas been acquired from the Apco and that amount would also be cleared, said the Chief Minister.
YSR Kapu Nestham would be implemented from June 24 to cover all the women in the age-group of 45-60 and the second installment incentive of Rs 450 crore would be released to the MSMEs by June 29 and on July 1, 1060, new 104 and 108 ambulances would be launched. An amount of Rs 18,750 each would be given to all women belonging to BC, SC, ST and Minorities in the age group of 45-60 on August 12 as part of YSR Cheyuta, the Chief Minister said.
YSR Asara would be launched on September 11 to clear the loans of women as promised during the elections and the second installment of Rythu Bharosa amount would be cleared in October at the rate of Rs 4,000 per family to meet the rabi requirements. And interest-free loan of Rs 10,000 each would be given to 10 lakh hawkers as part of Jagannanna Thodu programme in October and they would be given identity cards, the Chief Minister said.
Agrigold would get aid in November and in January Amma Vodi programme would be implemented and the last installment of Rythu Bharosa amount would be disbursed in the same month at the rate of Rs 2,000 each to farmers for getting the harvest back home by Sankranti. The Chief Minister said that the calendar has been prepared till June next year and strictly implemented by the officials.