Vizianagaram: The YSR Congress Party President, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy spoke about the need to revive traditional occupations and support communities engaged in them. On day 281 of his mass contact initiative, Praja Sankalapa Yatra, the YSRCP chief criticized the Chandrababu government for not extending its support to such communities.

During the course of his padayatra, YS Jagan interacted with people engaged in traditional occupations across a wide spectrum, including weavers, craftsmen, fishermen, shepherds, mango farmers, Nayee Brahmins who poured out their woes to him. Similarly vendors of fruits and vegetables told him about the exploitation by contractors which compelled them to borrow money from private lenders at heavy rates of interest. This not only impacted their day-to-day business but made their very survival a challenge. Fishermen complained that existing ponds had been auctioned and given away to the rich. They pleaded for separate ponds for fishing. After lending them a patient ear, the people’s leader said that the government should pay serious attention to reviving traditional occupations before it is too late.

Weavers too shared their problems with the AP Leader of Opposition. The loans offered to societies are being released by the local panchayats and decided by Janmabhoomi committees. They also sought free power supply of 150 units. Toddy tappers sought an insurance of at least 5 lakhs in the event of death by accident. The potters said the clay soil was in short supply because all the lakes had been dug up. The members from Rajaka community requested for 150 units of free power, the sheep and goat rearers sought a grazing land for their livestock. YS Jagan assured all support to ease their problems and to improve their living standards under Rajanna Rajyam.

Addressing the public, YS Jagan said, every child sent to school will receive a support fund of Rs. 15,000. The government would also roll out the fee reimbursement scheme for Engineering and Medical courses. Students of these courses will also receive Rs 20,000 towards hostel charges. Women from SC,ST,BC and minority communities over 45 years, will be given a monthly pension.

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