In what can be termed as the first novel initiative in India, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy formally inaugurated “Jaganna Vidhya Kanuka”, the educational scheme that envisages free distribution of kits to students in government schools, at the Zilla Parishad School of Punadipadu in Krishna district. After the inauguration, CM warmly greeted the students and asked the students their views by sitting in the classroom along with them. Chief Minister YS Jagan’s goal is to raise the standards of education, said Education Minister Adimulku Suresh. Apart from paving the way for poor students, the government’s aim is to provide quality education to every school under Nadu-Today. Minister Suresh said that CM Jagan did not want poverty to be a hindrance to education.
Under this initiative, more than 42,34,322 students would receive school kits estimated to cost around Rs.650 crore. The school kits would be given to Standard one to ten and they would include three pairs of uniforms, one pair of shoes, two pairs of socks, a belt, notebooks, and textbooks kit, and a school bag.
This Vidhya Kanuka initiative comes as a part of a series of welfare measures initiated by CM YS Jagan to accord the highest priority for the education department. Earlier in the recent past, schemes like ‘Jagananna Gorumudda’ which provides nutritious hot cooked meals being served to around 40 lakh students of 45,484 government-aided schools with a separate menu every day.
Another scheme like Amma Vodi gives financial assistance of Rs. 15,000 per year to poor and needy women who enroll their wards in schools from class 1 to 10 and intermediate. Rs. 6,500 crores to be spent on the scheme yearly, benefiting about 43 lakh mothers, thereby 82 lakh children.
For heralding educational reforms, the Mana Badi-Nadu Nedu scheme for providing better infrastructure to give a major facelift to about 45,000 schools in the state. In the first phase of the scheme, facilities to be created in 15,715 schools at a cost of Rs. 3.600 crores will be spent. The total amount of Rs.11,370 crores to be spent under the scheme in 3 years).
Other revolutionary changes were brought in. English as a medium of instruction from the Primary level in all Government schools to enable children of weaker sections to compete at national and international levels in all competitions. All this and more, these innovative welfare schemes are part of much-needed reforms in the education sector, which are the brainchild of YS Jagan, are intended at reducing school dropouts and proving the best quality education right from the primary stage.
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