June 19, 2021, 3:06 pm
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Andhra Pradesh has launched the ‘ABC Nestam’ scheme for six lakh women

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The Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday approved a scheme called ‘ABC Nestam’, under which Rs 15,000 each would be provided to economically backward women in the dominant castes. The new scheme is expected to cost the government an additional Rs 900 crore a year, in addition to the similar ‘cheyuta’ scheme for women belonging to SC, ST, BC, kapu and minority communities launched last year.

The Andhra Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday decided to move a resolution opposing the privatization of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP). It was also decided to return more than 2,000 acres of land in the Kakinada Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to farmers. The Cabinet approved the welfare scheme calendar for the year 2021-22 and approved the provision of financial assistance to women from ABC. The scheme is referred to as ‘ABC Nestam’.

Information and Public Relations Minister Perni Venkatramayya said a new scheme called ABC Nestam would be launched from next financial year to provide financial assistance of Rs 45,000 to eligible women between the ages of 45 and 60. Assistance will be provided at the rate of Rs. 15,000 per person per annum for a period of three years.