Union Minister lauds State for MEPMA work

Union Minister lauds State for MEPMA work

Ajay Maken calls on CM, learns about various schemes A high-level delegation lead by Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Ajay Maken met...

Ajay Maken calls on CM, learns about various schemes

A high-level delegation lead by Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Ajay Maken met Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Friday evening at his camp office. Maken is said to have discussed about the progress achieved by the State government under the Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA).

According to a press note from Chief Minister's Office, the Union Minister observed that MEPMA in Andhra Pradesh stands as a model for the entire country and opined that the Government of India should study and adopt this model for their newly initiated National Urban Livelihood Mission.

Earlier during the day, the delegation visited the house of a SHG woman at Kapra and interacted with Slum Level Federation, Town Level Federation, bankers, beneficiaries of Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu and MEPMA. The Union Minister and the members of the delegation observed that the repayment behaviour of SHGs was very much impressive and noticed that this was possible because of the interest free loans given by the State government (Vaddi leni Runaalu).

The Chief Minister informed that under MEPMA, Rs 8,500 crore was given to women self help groups through bank linkage so far, which is higher than in Municipalities of any state in the country.A While interacting with the Union Minister, the Chief Minister informed about several welfare measures taken up by the government for various sectors, such as, farmers, women, youth and students, which are being implemented in the State including Re1 kg Rice Scheme for 7.5 crore population, Mana Biyyam Scheme on pilot project in 7 districts, Vaddi leni Runaalu for Rural and Urban Self Help Groups and Streenidhi targeted to loan of Rs16,500 crore through bank linkage this year. Rs72,000 crore agricultural loans in which 52,000 crore of crop loans 'interest free' are being distributed to farmers of the State this year.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has also informed that 3 lakh jobs were provided to the unemployed youth after imparting skill development under 'Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu' with the help of the private industry and another 3 lakh are being provided this year. R 777 crores was allocated for skill development training under this scheme.

Kiran also stated that in the history of Andhra Pradesh, it is the first time that 1.27 lakh government jobs were filled this year and another 60 to 70 thousand are going to be filled soon. 85,000 new jobs will also be created. Exclusive women industrial parks are being set up in all the districts by allocating 30 acres in each district. The Chief Minister has requested the Government of India to consider the women in priority sector on par with farmers for bank linkage schemes to get the interest subvention and similar schemes.

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