Overview of flagship programmes in Bangaru Telangana
Objective of the Government is to protect the most vulnerable sections of the society in particular the old and infirm, disabled persons, people with HIV-AIDS, widows, incapacitated weavers and toddy tappers, who have lost their means of livelihood with growing age, in order to support their day to day minimum needs to be required to lead a life of dignity and social security.
Flagship Welfare Programmes
Aasara Pension Scheme, State Flagship Programme
Objective of the Government is to protect the most vulnerable sections of the society in particular the old and infirm, disabled persons, people with HIV-AIDS, widows, incapacitated weavers and toddy tappers, who have lost their means of livelihood with growing age, in order to support their day to day minimum needs to be required to lead a life of dignity and social security. In 2014, Telangana Government introduced a new Pension scheme called “Aasara” enhancing the monthly pension from Rs.200/- to Rs.1000/- for old age persons, widows, weavers, toddy tappers and AIDS patients and Rs.500/- to Rs.1500/- for disabled persons. The government also extended the financial assistance @ Rs. 1000/- per month to the poor beedi workers under Aasara Scheme from the month of March 2015 onwards. This programme is being executed through SERP (Society for Elimination of Rural Poor).
Status of live pensioners
The live pensioners in the state up to November 2015 is shown in Fig1, given below.
Besides Aasara Pensions Scheme SERP is also implementing the following insurance schemes to the SHG members in Telangana State which are as follows:
Abhaya Hastham (ABH): Abhaya Hastham is a co-contributory pension scheme designed for the poor Self Help Group Members between the age group of 18- 59 years to provide security and support in their old age. The scheme is integrated with Janasree Bima Yojan (JBY) with coverage of insurance for the members. On attainment of 60 year they are eligible for a minimum pension of Rs.500/-per month. The number of enrolled members under Abhaya Hastham are 21,97,012 for the financial year 2015-16.
Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana(AABY): is a group (micro) insurance scheme meant for the benefit of poorest of the poor landless agricultural labours for the members identified under PoP families particularly SCs/STs etc, between the age group of 18-59 years. A premium of Rs.320/- per annum is paid to LIC equally by Government of India and State Government @ Rs.160/- each annually. The number of enrolled members under Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana are 11,95,465 for the financial year 2015-16
Schedule Caste Sub Plan (Jana Shree Bima Yojana): is a group insurance meant for the SC persons between the age group of 18-59 years. A premium of Rs.100/- per annum is paid to LIC equally by Government of Telangana from SCSP Sub-plan funds. The number of enrolled members under Schedule Caste Sub Plan (JanaShree Bima Yojana) are 3,31,097 for the financial year 2015-16. The salient features of the above three schemes are
• Natural Death - Rs. 30,000/-
• Accidental Death - Rs. 75,000/-
• Partial Disablement - Rs. 37,500/-
• Total Permanent Disablement - Rs. 75,000/-
The scholarship will be paid to the two children, of the enrolled members, studying 9th to 12th students @ Rs.1,200/- per children per year.
A total of 3723574 members is enrolled under all the three schemes during 2015-16 financial year.
Kalyana Lakshmi/ShaadiMubaarakis one of the most popular and successful flagship programs of the State introduced on 2nd October 2014. This scheme was introduced by the State government for poor SCs/STs/Minority families to provide a one-time financial assistance of Rs.51,000 to brides’ family at the time of marriage to meet marriage related expenses.
Land Purchase Scheme: It is a state flagship programme, to provide livelihood to the poorest of the poor agricultural families in SC community. Under this scheme, 3 acres of land will be given to a woman in SC families. As on Dec-2015, a total of 4179.64 acres has been distributed to 1,553 SC women beneficiaries.
Housing: Present State government has made “Housing” as a State flagship programme and introduced 2BHK housing scheme, for the families who are homeless and living below poverty line, in all rural and urban areas in the State. As per this new scheme, each house will have two bedrooms, kitchen, hall and two bath-cum-toilets (one attached and one common) with a plinth area of 560 Sq.ft.in rural and urban areas.
The Socio-Economic Outlook-2016, third such publication after formation of the State, has analysed structure and performance different sector of the economy along with the vision of the Government. The Outlook also highlights major policy initiatives taken by the present Government in last one year and eight months’ time and its implementation, in following chapters.