Hyderabad, May 18: With an aim to tackle rising unemployment, Andhra Pradesh steps forward to give a monthly stipend of Rs.2000 to unemployed youths. Also Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said that Andhra Pradesh aims to create more job opportunities for everyone.
Around 12 Lakhs unemployed youths in state, each one will be provided with Rs.2000 till they get a job. On Wednesday, the Andhra Pradesh Sub-Committee Cabinet decided to launch initial budget of Rs.500 Crores. Minister for Youth and Unemployment Benefits, Kollu Ravindra, said that although the date of launch has not been decided yet, in all likelihood, the programme should begin by July-end.
“We are still collecting data. There are approximately 12 Lakhs unemployed people in the state but we want an age-wise break-up. It needs to be seen if they have skills or not, and also, whether or not they are registered with the employment exchanges and bureaus. After collecting the data, we will be in a better position to frame a policy and decide how much amount each person should be given as unemployment benefit per month,” Ravindra said.
Further he added that the committee would look into how states like West Bengal and Tamil Nadu are giving benefits to unemployed youths, before it comes up with a plan suitable for Andhra Pradesh. The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet sub-committee also suggested that while giving benefits to unemployed people, they should also be asked if they would volunteer to do any community work in lieu of the dole. The government may request beneficiaries to participate in community development projects in villages.