Jagan releases Vahana Mitra amount 4 months in advance
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has advanced the YSR Vahana Mitra scheme by four months and had credited Rs 10,000 financial assistance to auto and taxi drivers in wake of the Corona lockdown, a gesture which was appreciated by beneficiaries during the video conference.
The YSR Vahanamitra scheme, launched on October 4, was advanced by four months as the auto and taxi drivers had no source of income during the past few months due to lockdown.
A total amount of Rs 262.49 crores was transferred to the 2,62,493 beneficiaries by the Chief Minister from his camp office here on Thursday and held a video conference of all the district collectors and beneficiaries.
The amount is meant for the repairs and maintenance for fitness certificate and vehicle tax.
During the 3,648 km padayatra, auto and taxi drivers had told their plight about the money they had to shell down for fitness certificate and the penalty of Rs 50 per day which was cutting into their income.
At the Eluru meeting in May 2018, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had given a word that after coming to power Rs 10,000 assistance would be given to self driven autos and taxis. In the first year, the amount was given on October 4 under YSR Vahana Mitra.
We have announced the calendar for welfare schemes with the auto and taxi drivers getting Rs 236 crores transferred as unencumbered amount into their accounts which cannot be deducted by bankers for any previous commitment of the account holders.
On June 10, financial assistance will be given to barbers, dhobis and tailors while Nethanna Nestham will be carried out on June 17, Kapu Neshtam on June 24 and second tranche for MSMEs would be released on June 29.
If anyone misses out in availing the scheme, the person can go to the respective village or ward secretariat where the list of beneficiaries and the eligibility criteria will be displayed. If any person, who is eligible and did not get the Vahana Mitra benefit, he can apply for the same, he said. They can also use the Spandana platform to claim their benefit, if they fit into the eligibility criteria. The amount will be credited by July 4.
Our motto is transparency and there would be no discrepancy. The Chief Minister appealed to the beneficiaries to use the money for the intended purpose and do not take alcohol and drive. This would put the passengers and the driver in trouble as well, he said.
The beneficiaries from the districts who interacted with the Chief Minister had thanked him for advancing the scheme and also thanked him for various other welfare schemes, they have been availing.