Naveen S Garewal
Tribune press service
Hyderabad, October 8
The government of Andhra Pradesh has launched a program to reduce the financial burden on parents by launching the Jagananna Vidya Kanuka (Jagananna Education Gift) program. Launched today by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, as part of the program, students in grades 1-10 in public schools will receive academic and stationery kits.
The “Jagananna Vidya Kanuka” will benefit approximately 44.32 lakhs of children and cost the government Rs 650 crore. Each kit includes three pairs of uniform fabrics plus sewing costs; a set of textbooks and notebooks, notebooks, a pair of shoes with two pairs of socks, a bag and a belt, which would be distributed to all students before the schools reopen scheduled for November 2.
The Chief Minister said: “Parents would like to educate their children. The previous government did not care about dropping out of school. Studying in English has become a financial burden. The government has also launched the Amma Vodi program which provides financial assistance of 15,000 rupees per year to poor and needy women who have enrolled their wards in grade 1 through grade 10 schools.
The government believes that the program will improve education standards and reduce the dropout rate. The chief minister said the program will increase the number of admissions to public schools and at the same time reduce the dropout rate.
Earlier in January this year, as part of the Jagananna Ammavodi (Jagananna Mother’s Lap), an amount of Rs 6,455 crore was announced for this direct money transfer program to encourage women to send their children to school. As part of this program, a cash amount of Rs 15,000 is transferred to the accounts of eligible female parents to encourage them to send their children to private and public schools.