After much dilly-dallying and prolonged exercise, the Chandrababu Naidu government in Andhra Pradesh is all set to launch the much-awaited unemployment allowance scheme from January 12 on the occasion of Swami Vivekananda birthday anniversary.
State Youth Affairs minister Kollu Ravinder hinted government is finalising Youth Policy under which Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will announce implementation of the promise of distribution of unemployment allowance to every jobless youth.
The new Youth Policy will also pave way to provide skill development for educated unemployed youth.
Lack of employment opportunities in the Naidu regime has been one of the major highlights of YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy’s campaign during the ongoing Praja Sankalpam padayatra.
He has been reminding the people of Naidu’s slogan before the elections – “Job kaavalante, Babu Raavali” (vote for Babu, if you want a job). Naidu declared then that youth who could not get the job would be given unemployment allowance.
The promise has never been implemented and Jagan has been reminding the people of Naidu’s unfulfilled promise on every possible occasion.
Now, the official sources say the guidelines for the scheme have been framed. Though the scheme was to be implemented from Dasara, Naidu seems to have reserved it for the New Year so as to project it as a New Year gift. Moreover, it will have more impact during the election year.
According to the scheme, which is applicable to the unemployed in the age group of 18-40 years, the allowance is expected to be around at Rs 2,000 per month for a post-graduate, Rs 1,500 for a graduate and Rs 1,000 for a person who passed out intermediate.
While those who had already been registered with the employment exchanges would get the benefit immediately, others would be given a deadline for registering their names.