The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is on a big social service drive by announcing to provide free electricity to SC families with an upper limit of 200 units per month. This move is expected to benefit over 15.62 lakh SCs and impose a burden of Rs 411 on state exchequer.
Earlier, the government had decided to give 50 per cent of the nominated posts and 50 per cent of the contracts on nomination basis to the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, backward classes and minorities.
SCs, STs, BCs and minorities will be provided 50 per cent of the posts in government corporations, boards, societies, trusts and market yards. SCs, STs and OBCs will also get half of the posts in temple committees.
Officials said 50 per cent of the nominated posts and 50 per cent of contracts to be given to the weaker sections will go to women. In another bonanza for backward classes, the government decided to provide annual financial assistance of Rs 10,000 each to washermen, barbers and tailors.
The decisions were taken to implement the promises made by Jagan Reddy during election campaign.