YS Jagan Key Decisions in First AP Cabinet Meet

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has been hands on with his imitable style of functioning immediately after taking oath on May 30.

YS Jagan as he is popularly known, has already signed three files relating to enhancement of salaries of Asha workers to Rs 10,000, construction of Anantapur Express Highway and renewal of insurance for journalists.

In the first Cabinet meeting convened on Monday, it is said that YS Jagan will be taking several key decisions, and one among them is his coveted Rythu Bharosa Scheme for the farmers. The major agenda for the first cabinet meet is focussed on the welfare of farmers, women welfare, senior citizens, differently-abled and the state government employees. The Cabinet meeting is being held at the first Block in the Secretariat from 10.30 am.

As per the Chief Minister's directives the agenda is based on eight important aspects.

- The first one which is on priority is the Rythu Bharosa Scheme which will directly benefit the farmers to a tune of Rs 10, 625 crores as each farmer will get Rs 12,500 as incentive and tenant farmers would get Rs 2,500 crore under the scheme. The scheme was due to be implemented from May 2020, the start of khariff season, but after a review meeting the Chief Minister has announced that it would be rolled from the Rabi season itself which starts from October 15.

- Pension and allowances for the senior citizens (YSR Pension Scheme from July) along with widows, weavers and fisherman will get a monthly allowance of Rs 2,250. The differently-abled will get a monthly allowance of Rs 3,000. For patients undergoing dialysis the allowance has been increased from Rs 3,500 to Rs 10,000.

- The age eligibility for pension has been reduced from 65 to 60 years.

- The decision to merge the cash-strapped APSRTC with the state Government will also be discussed.

- Increase in the salaries of the municipal sanitation workers and Home Guards will be finalised.

- Interim relief (IR) of 27% to the State government employees.
-The cancellation of the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS).The Cabinet will review the recommendations made by former Chief Secretary SP Tucker under the Tucker Committee and examine the feasibility of whether to scrap the CPS or find an alternate solution for the pension schemes to be given for the state government employees

Under the CPS, the employee has to contribute ten percent to his pension amount and the rest will be borne by the government. The entire amount will be settled as a lump sum at the time of retirement and there will be no pension for the employees recruited after 2004.

- The Cabinet will also make a decision to compensate the farmers who have lost their crops in the cyclones, Titli and Fani

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