There have been a series of major policy decisions announced by the Andhra Pradesh government since its first cabinet meeting. On Monday, the state government announced that all women who send their children to school will be receiving Rs 15,000 from 26 January, 2020.
The recently elected chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy's cabinet, in a release, also said it will give all government schools a facelift in four years and officials will have to take before and after pictures of the renovation process, which will be displayed at 40,000 schools. A State Education Fee Regulatory Commission will be set up to provide quality education with reasonable fees. It was also decided that private schools will give 25 percent seats to the poor for free.
Major announcements were also made regarding farmer welfare. The government said it will be purchasing paddy from the farmers. Premium payment towards a 100 percent crop insurance scheme, Rs 2,000 crore for natural calamity fund and Rs 3,000 crore towards a market stabilisation fund was announced.
Interest free crop loans titled 'YSR interest-free loans' will be provided to farmers. The state government will make the interest payment regarding the same directly to the concerned banks.
It was also decided to form a commission for the development and welfare of farmers, which will be headed by the chief minister as its chairman, and have about half a dozen members, including farmer leaders and agricultural experts.
In the last week, CM Reddy announced Rs 12,500 a year input subsidy before the sowing season to all farmers, including peasants.
Besides this, a 'YSR Housing' scheme was also announced.