The ruling Telugu Desam Party had finally announced the stipend for unemployed youth, a promise that the party had made during the 2014 elections to woo the young voters. The party remained silent on this promise for the past four years and had finally took it up ahead of the 2019 elections. However, a final call is yet to be taken on this issue and the process might take a few more months for the benefit to reach the beneficiary.
Like the loan waiver scheme, Chandrababu Naidu had diluted this scheme too and had fixed Rs 1000 per youth per month as unemployment stipend. The rules too are tough to eliminate the beneficiaries. One should be a white card holder and should have completed graduation (any degree) or equivalent diploma in any field. The beneficiary should also be in the age group of 22 to 35 years. According to the initial assessment, about 10 lakh youth come under this scheme in the State, after fulfilling all these conditions.
Chandrababu Naidu had directed the officials to begin the process while posting the issue for Cabinet clearance to the next meeting. This alone would take at least three months, for the Cabinet to meet again. Once the Cabinet gives its nod, the officials will start the process of registering the eligible candidates. That might take a month or so for the youth to register their names and would require a couple of months for the officials to screen the registered names and prepare a list of the eligible youth. Then comes the day for the government to launch the scheme and roll out the benefit.
The TDP chief had done the same for the farmers and the self-help group women to receive the benefit. Though he had promised total loan waiver to these two sections during his election campaign, he had fixed the scale of finance to be eligible for the benefit and had thus deprived the farmers of receiving the benefit. Even after fixing the scale of finance and putting a sealing of Rs 1.50 lakh loan to be waived for the farmers, it was divided into four instalments and the fourth instalment is yet to be paid to the farmers. The poor farmers have been punished by the banks by charging rate of interest on the loans as the amount is not cleared completely, which is not counted by the government as promised.
The self-help group women are more vulnerable and they were paid a small amount of Rs 4,000 each which stays in the bank as deposit and cannot be adjusted against their loans.
They are paying their loans with interest now. The unemployment benefit to the youth too would come this way and is likely to end up paying mostly to the ruling party activists in the villages.