Highlights and Analysis of the Andhra Pradesh Budget 2019-20

Andhra Pradesh Budget 2019-20

Andhra Pradesh released its vote on account budget for 2019-20. The state budget has focused on all key sectors of the state for the development.

The Velugu project initiated  almost two decades ago, evolved into the largest poverty reduction initiatives in the world with an outreach of close to 94 lakh SHG members spanning all social categories – around 17 lakh SCs, 5 lakh STs, 46 lakh BCs, 5 lakh Minorities and 21 lakh from general category.

Shouldering the responsibility of Anna (elder brother) of DWCRA and MEPMA Aadapaduchulu (women members), govt. has  decided to financially empower the SHGs and give another assistance of Rs. 10,000 in three spells of Rs. 2,500 in February, Rs. 3,500 in March, and Rs. 4,000 in April 2019. This would benefit 93.81 lakh SHG members with an outlay of Rs. 9,381 crore.

With an objective to minimize dropout rate and to increase enrolment especially among girl students, in Government schools, govt. has introduced the Badikosta scheme. Under this scheme, bicycles have been provided to 1.87 lakh girl students.

In addition to the existing supplementary nutrition programme, Balasanjeevani (special diet) is being provided to address the malnutrition of the children, pregnant, lactating women in Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe populations as well as for the malnourished children, anemic and high risk pregnant women in general categories.

To facilitate health and hygiene, Government has introduced a new scheme “Raksha” to distribute sanitary napkins to 15 lakh SHG women and 10 lakh adolescent girls, with a budget of Rs. 100 crore.

One Stop Centers (OSC) were established in 13 Districts to provide support and assistance to women affected by violence, in private and public spaces. Govt. also set up a Women Helpline to provide 24 hours immediate and emergency response to women affected by violence.

Govt. has decided to alleviate the debt burden of farmers with an outlay of around Rs 24,000 crore. The final two installments will be credited shortly. For horticulture debt redemption Rs.384 crore have been credited into 2.23 lakh loan accounts of farmers.

Government is introducing a new scheme called Annadatha Sukhibhava to give economic support to Annadathas(farmers). Rs. 5,000 crore are proposed for this scheme in 2019-20.

Government has enhanced input subsidies for paddy, sugarcane, cotton and groundnut crops from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000, for maize from Rs. 8,333 to Rs. 12,500, pulses and sunflower crops from Rs. 6,250 to Rs. 10,000. This benefitted 39.33 lakh farmers.

To ensure that the incomes of farmers are not adversely affected due to market uncertainties, Government is enhancing the size of market intervention fund from Rs. 500 crore to Rs. 1,000 crore for the crops that do not have a Minimum Support Price.

To promote livestock sector, fodder security policy was introduced to achieve self-sufficiency in fodder production in every village by promoting Ooruura Pasu Graasa Kshetraalu in 83,396 acres. In 2019-20, Rs. 200 crore are proposed for feed and fodder development.  Rs. 200 crore are proposed for insurance of the livestock to safeguard farmers against loss due to animal death. To promote the fisheries sector, Government reduced the tariff for aquaculture from Rs. 4.13 per unit in 2015-16 to Rs. 2 per unit in 2018-19.

Government has enhanced the Scholarship (MTF) rates to all categories (SC/ST/BC/EBC/KAPU/MW/DW) under Post Scholarship scheme, up to 33% for Department attached hostels, 131% for college-attached hostels, 150% for day scholars. Overall, Government has provided 71 lakh scholarships across all communities (SC – 14.5 lakh, ST – 2.8 lakh, BC – 36.9 lakh, EBC & Kapu – 11.5 lakh, Minorities – 5.4 lakh, Differently Abled – 2,666) at a total cost of Rs. 12,833 crore.

Government has also introduced a new scheme of NTR Unnatha Vidyadarana to provide professional guidance to students appearing for competitive examination like the prestigious UPSC Civil Service Examination through reputed private training institutions. An amount of Rs. 1.3 lakh per student is paid as institutional fee and an amount of Rs. 10,000 per month is paid to the student as stipend for a period of nine months. This scheme has benefitted 9,524 students (2,313 SC, 947 ST, 592 Minority, 2816 BC, 1,443 EBC and 1,413 Kapu) at an expenditure of Rs. 143 crore.

Through Chandranna Cheyutha, Government has launched a skill development program for SC youth to enhance their employability and to develop entrepreneurship. This benefitted 31,815 youth. In convergence with AP State Skill Development Corporation, 20,000 ST unemployed youth benefitted and 4,000 youth placed in different private sector.

Govt. has decided to double all the social security pensions to Rs. 3,000 per month and to Rs. 2,000 respectively with effect from January 2019.

New Schemes and their allocations for the Year 2019-20

Annadata Sukhibhava – 5000 crores

Land Acquisition for House sites          –          500 crores

Incentives for Industrial Promotion for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) – 400 crore

Drivers Sadhikara Samstha – 150 crore

Infrastructure facilities in ULBs under CIIP – 100 crore

Welfare of Kshatriyas – 50 crore

 

 

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