Jagan launches Amma Vodi in Chittoor
A historic programme of Jagananna Amma Vodi to provide literacy to all, the first of its kind in the country, was launched by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy here on Thursday, which coincides with the completion of one year of his Praja Sankalpa Padayatra of the state. The scheme would cover 42,12,186 mothers to benefit 81,72,224 children for which Rs 6,318 crores has been allocated by the government.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said education is the fundamental right of every child as enshrined in the Constitution. But it was not reaching a large section of the society. He said during his padayatra, he had seen how mothers were unable to send their wards to school due to poverty. That was when he decided to ensure that poverty should not be a hindrance for educating children.
The Chief Minister said education is a boon to a child and every parent should be in a position to educate his children for which the schools should be well equipped and a student should be able to feed himself. The government is starting this programme of Amma Vodi wherein Rs 15,000 would be deposited directly into the accounts of mothers to educate their children. It has been ensured with the bankers that even if the mothers have loans, this amount would not be touched and deposited in the unencumbered accounts.
The Chief Minister said he was proud to announce that English medium would be introduced at the primary level in all government schools from June. Bridge courses would be started in the schools to equip the students to follow the medium of instruction and training modules have been prepared for the teachers for the purpose. However, Telugu will be a compulsory subject in all the schools.
The Chief Minister said revolutionary changes would be brought about in the government schools. The syllabus is going to be standardised. He said the menu was also being changed in the mid-day meal scheme to maintain quality. The honorarium for the ayahs feeding the children would be enhanced to Rs 3,000 from Rs 1,000.
As part of Mana Badi Nadu-Nedu programme first phase, over 15,000 schools in the state would be provided necessary infrastructure and compound walls built. All the students would be provided school kits containing three pairs of uniform, books, shoes, socks, belt and a bag.
The Chief Minister said as part of meeting the requirements of students pursuing higher studies, fee reimbursement would be provided and Rs 20,000 would be provided to each student to meet hostel and mess charges.
The government in the fiscal year 2019-20 has allocated Rs 6455.80 crore budget for Jagananna Amma Vodi scheme in which a financial assistance of Rs 15,000 will be provided to the mother or guardian who is below the poverty line, irrespective of the number of children in that family studying in between class 1 and 12. The scheme is applicable from the academic year 2019-20 in all the government, private aided, private unaided schools/junior colleges that include residential schools and colleges as well in the state.