Amaravati, April 19:
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy with the click of a mouse released the first installment of Rs 671.45 Crore directly crediting into the mother’s accounts of 10.88 lakh students pursuing their higher under the Jagananna Vidya Deevena scheme.
Speaking on this occasion, the Chief Minister said that the scheme had been designed to make education accessible to the poor. The real wealth which could be given to the future generation was really education, which alone can eradicate poverty and change their lives. As promised during the 3,648 -km padayatra, the government had released Rs 4207.85 Crore for the fee reimbursement for the year 2019-20, besides clearing Rs 1,880 Crore pending dues of the previous government during 2018-19. He also pointed out that none of the previous governments have reimbursed the fee arrears in such a large scale.
The Chief Minister said that the State government was committed to the education sector and thus rolled out schemes like Jagananna Goru Mudha, Amma Vodi, Vasati Deevena to ensure that no family runs into debts for the sake of getting educated. So far, a total of Rs 4,879 crore has been spent under Jagananna Vidya Deevena benefitting 10.88 lakh students. Previously the money was paid directly to college owners, but from now on it’s being credited to the mother’s accounts as they could have better supervision on the college facilities and students’ wellbeing, which would also improve accountability from college managements. If there arises any problem with college management or with Vidya Deevena, beneficiaries were advised to call on 1902 toll-free number.
Under Jagananna Vidya Deevena, fee reimbursement will be credited into mothers’ accounts in four installments, where the government has released the first tranche on Monday and the second will be released in July, third in December, and the fourth tranche in February next year. Last year, around 10.11 lakh students were benefited and this year the number increased by 77,000, benefiting 10.88 lakh students, said the Chief Minister.
Deputy Chief Minister Dharmana Krishnadas, Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh, BC Welfare Minister Chelluboina Venugopalakrishna, Principal Secretary Higher Education K Satish Chandra, Principal Secretary BC Welfare G Anantaramu, Principal Secretary IT G Jayalakshmi, APSCHE Chairman K Hemachandra and other officials were present on the occasion.