With an eye on winning the votes of the larger section of the electorate, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had rolled out greater share of benefits to the women in one day. He had addressed three meetings in a day at Amaravati, Kadapa and Visakhapatnam, flying in the special aircraft from place to place all through the day.
The State government had mobilised a large number of women connected with the self-help groups for these meetings. He had distributed cheques of Rs 10,000 to each of the 93.80 lakh women in the State in the name of Pasupu-Kunkuma fulfiling the promise that he had made in the 2014 elections. He had also signed the proposal to distribute smart mobile phones to 1.4 crore women in the State to woo them ahead of the elections.
Addressing the Dwcra women at Nelapadu village, the Chief Minister said that the state government distributed Rs 21,116 crore to SHGs during the last five years, while Rs 267 cr disbursed during YSR regime. The Chief Minister distributed cheques to the groups under which each woman will get Rs 2,500 on February 2, Rs 3,500 on March 8 and Rs 4,000 on April 5. The Chief Minister promised construction of 27 lakh houses to the SHG women.
Describing the SHGs as strong force behind the successful running of welfare programmes, the Chief Minister said that 1.4 cr smart phones will be distributed to the women to empower them as entrepreneurs and help to market their produce globally using an app. He said the SHG products would be branded to provide global marketing opportunities. He said the women should turn as digital experts using smart phones. He said priority would be given to women groups in MSMEs to be set up in each mandal.
The Chief Minister said that the state government has been taking care of women right from their birth. He said there was 2 children limit for contesting panchayat election in the past. Now there is a need to increase population and the young people should be encouraged to have 3 or 4 children. At present China and Japan are facing problem with drastic fall in population growth.
The Chief Minister announced 30 per cent increase in salaries of more than SERP (Velugu) employees as they play key role in guiding the groups. He said NTR Health care, Chandranna Bheema and 10 days medical leaves will be provided to the Velugu staff.
Stating that the state government has been spending more than Rs 21,000 cr towards the SHG women and Rs 1,124 cr towards 54,41,000 old age pensions in the state, the Chief Minister said that it is an historical necessity for continuing the same government to continue the welfare schemes and the responsibility stands on the women groups.