Amaravati, July 17: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has said that his government is committed for the welfare of SCs and STs and has earmarked more funds for 2020-21 like never before and instructed the officials to complete the Ambedkar Park at Vijayawada by April 14.
Addressing the 6th SC, ST Development Board meeting here on Friday, the Chief Minister said that the government has earmarked Rs 15,735 crores for SC welfare and Rs 5,177 crores for ST welfare for the year 2020-21. The YSR Cheyutha and YSR Asara welfare schemes, which will be implemented this year will further benefit the weaker sections.
The Chief Minister said, ‘our government has introduced many schemes for the welfare of SCs and STs. YSR Asara, benefiting 25 lakh women, and YSR Cheyutha, benefiting 90 lakh women, will be implemented from this year. These two schemes are aimed at self reliance of women. We have signed a pact with AMUL for dairy development and women can benefit from this sector’.
The Chief Minister said that the Park, with 125- feet Ambedkar statue, in the heart of Vijayawada should be ready by April 14 next to commemorate his birth anniversary and the Park should have ambiance and greenery to attract tourists and visitors.
Works on the Ambedkar Park should be expedited and should keep the deadline of April 14, 2021, in mind. This project should be taken up as a prestigious one and as a challenge by the ministers and officials and they should put up a concerted effort. The park should have a pleasant ambiance and greenery and as far as possible concrete work should be minimised, he said.
The Ministers lauded the Chief Minister for his efforts for the uplift of SCs and STs and the welfare schemes implemented by the government has been very useful and thanked him.
Giving the details of the expenditure, the officials said, while the amount spent for SC welfare during 2018-19 was Rs 8,903.44 crores it went up to Rs 11,205.41 crore in the next year and for 2020-21 the amount rose to RS 15,735 crores. For ST welfare the amount increased from Rs 2,902.61 crores in 2018-19 to Rs 3,669.42 crores in the next year and for 2020-21 it was increased to Rs 5,177 crores.
The total number of SCs benefitted from various schemes is 77, 27, 033 and the number of STs is 24,55,286 aggregating to 1,01,82,319.
Ministers P Viswaroop, Taneti Vanita, Dharmana Krishna Das, Adimulapu Suresh, Chief Secretary Neelam Sawhney, and other officials attended the meeting.