The Andhra Pradesh government announced that it has credited Rs 1,109 crore to 1.02 crore women members of 9.34 lakh Self Help Groups (SHGs) in the state under the YSR Sunna Vaddi scheme.
Addressing beneficiaries through a video conference on the occasion, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said that women empowerment was possible only when they improved their capacities. Reddy said he believes that only when women are happy and prosper, the state will achieve growth on all fronts.
“For the last 23 months, our government has been striving in that direction,” he said and reiterated that women empowerment is not just a slogan, but a policy for them. “We strive for giving the women their due in social, economic, politics and education spheres. We are standing true to our promise to empower women in the state,” he said.
Under the YSR Cheyutha scheme, a financial assistance of Rs 18,750 was being given annually to women aged above 45 and belonging to the BC, SC, ST and minority communities at an expenditure of Rs 4,604 crore, the CM said.
Reportedly, Rs 6,792 crore has been spent on the YSR Aasara scheme. Besides, the government had entered into agreements with multinational companies such as ITC, P&G, and Amul for providing business opportunities to women.
Further, Reddy explained how his government has been striving for women empowerment in the last 23 months. He stated that registration of houses was also done in the name of women. Similarly, a law was enacted allotting 50% of the nominated posts to women.
“The government had allotted over 60% posts in the recent municipal elections to women. To ensure the safety of women, 18 Disha police stations had been set up across the state,” he added.
The state government had also taken up prohibition in a phased manner to prevent domestic violence and closed over 43,000 illegal shops, 4,380 permit rooms, and limited wine shops to only 2,966.
(Edited by Amrita Ghosh)