Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy Current Affairs - 2020

Navaratnalu Pedalandariki Illu Programme: 25 lakh poor to get houses in AP

On March 31, 2020, the Government of Andhra Pradesh modified the guidelines of Navatatnalu-Pedalandariki Illu programme. The scheme is called “Houses for all the poor”. The guidelines were changed based on the directions of the High Court.

Highlights

Under the scheme, house sites are to be allotted to the poor at Re 1 to the poor with white ration cards. The State Government is to collect Rs 20 from the people (Rs 10 for stamp paper charges and Rs 10 for lamination charges).

The Beneficiaries shall use these sited to construct houses.

Other Rules

The beneficiaries have to compulsorily construct houses only. They cannot sell the sites. However, they can sell the houses after occupying them for a minimum of five years.

The site was to be distributed on Ugadi. However, it was postponed due to the threat of COVID-19 and local body elections.

Navaratnalu

The “Navartnalu” is a flagship scheme of the Andhra Pradesh Government. There are nine (Navaratna) welfare schemes.

YSR Rythu Bharosa

Under the scheme, the AP government is to offer Rs 50,000 financial assistance to farmers. From the second year of the scheme, every family will receive Rs 12,500. Apart from this under this scheme, the AP government will also offer free bore wells and 0% interest loans.

Fee Reimbursement

Under this scheme, Rs 20,000 allowance is to be provided to every student as fee reimbursement

Arogyasri

The scheme is applicable to all the medical treatments above Rs 1000. The State Government under the scheme would bear all the medical expenses.

Jalayagnam

The Government would take up completion of Polavaram project, thereby helping the farmers greatly in irrigation projects

Ban on Alcohol

Amma Vodi

Under the scheme Rs 15,000 was provided as assistance funds to all the mothers of school going children. The only condition was that the mothers should belong to Below Poverty Line.

Asara

The scheme issued 0% interest loans to backward communities, women, SC, ST of age above 45 years.

Pensionla Pempu

Senior citizens to receive Rs 2000 and the physically challenged were to receive Rs 3,000.

Justice P Lakshmana Reddy appointed as 1st Lokayukta of Andhra Pradesh

Justice P Lakshmana Reddy, a retired judge of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh High Court was sworn-in as the first Lokayukta of Andhra Pradesh. His oath to office was administered by Governor Biswabhusan Hairchandan at a function held in Vijayawada. Chief Minister of state Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, judges of High Court and senior state government officials presided over the event.

Key Highlights

Justice P Lakshmana Reddy would serve in office of Lokayukta for 5 years. He is first Lokayukta to be assuming charge since the state bifurcated in 2014.

The current YSR Congress government headed by Jagan Mohan Reddy amended the Lokayukta Act in recent state budget session. This enabled the appointment of a retired judge as Lokayukta, paving the way for constituting corruption-probing body.

The legislation establishing Lokayukta is part of state government policy to provide transparent and corruption-free governance.

What is Lokayukta?

Lokayukta is an anti-corruption ombudsman organization in states. A Lokayukta investigates allegations of corruption and irregularities against officials and is tasked with speedy redressal of public grievances.