Summary

YSR Congress party (YSRCP) Chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy came up with an elaborate model of governance comprising welfare schemes based on the party’s Navaratnalu. As the name suggests, through nine large-scale welfare programs which will percolate to the grassroots, the party plans to offer benefits worth a minimum of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh per year.

Here are the nine Navaratna welfare schemes:

1. YSR Rythu Bharosa

The YSRCP promises to offer financial assistance of Rs 50,000 to farmers. In the second year, each farmer’s family would be given Rs 12,500 per year, in addition to zero-interest loans and free bore-wells. A calamity relief fund of Rs 4,000 crore, 9 hours free electricity during the day, cold storage units and food processing centres in every constituency are among a list of benefits promised to farmers.

2. Fee Reimbursement

The party, if elected to power, plans to provide a comprehensive fee reimbursement scheme, in line with late Chief Minister Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s vision. In addition to complete fee reimbursement, an allowance of Rs 20,000 would be given to every student. A total of Rs 1 to 1.5 lakh would be spend on each student’s education.

3. Arogyasri

The Arogyasri scheme would be applicable to all medical treatments of above Rs 1,000. Regardless of the location of the hospital, all medical expenses would be borne by the government.

4. Jalayagnam

Under this scheme, lakhs of families would be benefited by irrigation projects. Completion of Polavaram project on a war footing is one of the priorities under Jalayagnam.

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5. Ban on Alcohol

The YSRCP promises to put in place a ban on sale of alcohol across the State in three stages.

6. Amma Vodi

With a view to encourage families with school-going children, the YSRCP promises to provide Rs 15,000 towards assistance to all mothers who send their children to school.

7. YSR Asara

All loans pertaining to the women’s co-operative societies would be waived. In addition, zero-interest loans would be issued. Payment of interest amount on loans up to Rs 50,000 would be borne by the government.

YSR Cheyutha

Through YSR Cheyutha, the YSRCP intends to support all women from SC, ST, BC and minority communities, who are aged over 45. This would amount to Rs 75,000 per woman from these communities over a period of 4 years.

8. Pedhalandariki Illu

In five years, the YSRCP promises to build 25 lakh homes for the poor. Permanent houses to the homeless poor will be built over a period of 5 years and registered in name of the woman of the household. The government will also take the initiative of providing an additional loan facility through banks at 0.25 paisa interest.

9. Pensionla Pempu

The eligibility age criteria of 65 years for the pensions would be reduced to 60 years. Senior citizens aged above 60 would be given Rs 2,000 while the physically challenged would be given a pension of Rs 3,000.

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