AP launches much awaited stipend for unemployed youth

The State government launches its much-awaited monthly stipend for the unemployed youth. Designed as ‘Mukhyamantri Yuva Nestam’, the scheme will provide Rs 1000 per month per youth, besides offering skill training and assisting in finding suitable employment. This scheme would reach out to over 10 lakh eligible youth across the 13 districts.

This was one of the major promises that the Telugu Desam Party had made to the people in the 2014 elections. The TDP had promised job for every family and Rs 2,000 monthly stipend for the unemployed youth. After four years, the TDP-led government had designed the programme offering Rs 1000 per month and had finally limited the number to 10 lakh youth.

Ministers Nara Lokesh and Kollu Ravindra held a review meeting on the initiative on Sunday and took stock of the status of the applications received.

Lokesh said, “There will not be any deadline to apply for the scheme and interested candidates can file applications at any time. On 25th of every month, all the applications filed in that respective month would be scrutinised and the allowance will be extended to the eligible candidates from the first of the following month.”

Lokesh said that the applicants can reach out to toll free number 1100 (people first) call centre to get their applications reconsidered. Since October 2, the day of the launch of the initiative would be a holiday for bank transactions, Lokesh said the money would be credited into the beneficiaries’ accounts from Wednesday onwards.

So far, out of the 5.7 lakh applications received, 1.88 lakh were found to be eligible. Lokesh told the officials concerned to resolve the pending grievances at the earliest. A total of 27,600 grievances are pending to be addressed, while over 65,000 have been resolved.

Naidu, after launching the scheme on Tuesday, will interact with 400 beneficiaries of Mukhyamantri Yuva Nestam at Undavalli. He will also distribute the eligibility certificates to them.

Arrangements are being made in all the Assembly constituencies for live telecast of the Chief Minister’s address. The legislators in their respective constituencies will give away the scheme sanction letters to the eligible candidates, on the occasion.

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