Amaravati, Nov 27 : Andhra Pradesh Minister for transport and I&PR Perni Venkataramaiah said that Rs.62 crore was sanctioned for the implementation of YSR Vahana Mitra scheme in phase two.
Talking to media here on Wednesday, he said that till now 2,36,343 persons have availed the scheme in the first phase out of the 2,39,957 applicants.
The scheme provides an annual cash incentive of Rs 10,000 to drivers of autos, taxis and maxi-cabs, who own their vehicles. The allowance is for meeting the maintenance expenses, and for obtaining insurance and fitness certificates and other documents.
The scheme was a promise made by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy during his padayatra before the Assembly election.
The Minister said the rules of the scheme were relaxed till October end allowing for those whose vehicles have been registered in another family member’s name, like their mother or wife, to apply. He said 65,054 had applied till October end out of which 62,637 applicants were found eligible and they will get the benefit in the second phase of the programme.
Among the social groups that had availed the benefit, 14,528 were SCs, 2,714 STs, 26,696 BCs, 8,196 from the Minorities, 6,661 were Kapus, 112 Brahmins, 3,487 were EBCs and 245 were Christians. The benefit would be credited into the accounts of the beneficiaries.
The Minister said that those who apply in next year would also get the benefit as part of the programme and Rs 236 crore has been sanctioned so far in the first phase.
As part of the second phase, Rs.62 crore has been released today.
As per the instructions of the Chief Minister, the programme is being simplified to benefit maximum number of applicants and all their grievances are addressed by the officials at the ground level. (UNI)