Andhra Pradesh Govt Announces Rs 1,000 Allowance To Unemployed Youth

| August 3 , 2018 , 09:12 IST

In a major move, the ruling TDP government in Andhra Pradesh has announced on Thursday a monthly unemployment allowance of Rs 1,000 each to the unemployed youth in the state. The decision comes less than a year before the state assembly elections due in the state in 2019.

At a state cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the decision was made to implement the scheme for unemployed residents between the ages of 22 and 35 years and hold a degree or a diploma.

The implementation of the scheme is expected to cost an additional Rs 8,000 crore to the state exchequer which is already reeling under a considerable fiscal deficit.

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Cabinet Minister Nara Lokesh speaking to media after the meeting said that registration of unemployed persons under the scheme would begin in the third or fourth week of August. He added that the allowance money would be credited to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries within 15 days of registration. The allowance would be paid regardless of the number of unemployed per family.

Lokesh said that the ruling TDP government decided to implement the scheme despite the fiscal deficit to fulfil a promise made in its election manifesto in 2014.

The announcement from the Andhra Pradesh government comes at a time when the TDP, led by CM Chandrababu Naidu, have been conducting massive protests in Parliament, including initiating a 'No-Confidence Motion' against the Centre in protest of the absence of a financial package for the state.

The TDP protests have been continuing since February, when the Union Budget 2018 did not mention Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh as promised during the state's bifurcation in 2014 and also did not have any other special financial package earmarked for the state.