Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan. (File photo)AMARAVATI: The Andhra Pradesh government has readied plans for implementation of another election promise of the chief minister YS Jagan. Two major schemes aimed at providing nutritious food to the poor tribal pregnant women, new mothers and poor children will be launched on September 1.
Speaking to media on Sunday, information and public relations commissioner Tumma Vijayakumar Reddy said that YSR Sampoorna Poshan Plus scheme will be implemented in 77 tribal mandals in the state while YSR Sampoorna Poshan scheme will be implemented in remaining plain areas. He said that the state government would be spending close to Rs.1863 crore for both the schemes. He said that about 30 lakh women would be benefitted through the new diet scheme.
He said that the scheme would be covered through 55,607 Anganwadi centres covering 30 lakh women. He said that there are around 47287 anganwadi centres in plain areas from which around 27 lakh women and children would be covered under the scheme. He said that Rs.1,555 crore would be exclusively spent for Anganwadi centres in plain areas while remaining budget would be spared for tribal areas.
“About 3 lakh tribal women and infants would be covered through around 8320 angandi centres spread of 77 tribal mandals”, said TVK Reddy. He said that all the pregnant women and infants from 6-36 months would be provided nutritious died while eggs and milk would be provided to the children from 3-6 years. He said that the government would spend Rs 1100 per month for provding diet to pregnant women while it would spend Rs 553 per month for the diet to the children in tribal areas. Similarly, government would spend Rs.850 per month for pregnant women and new mothers’ diet in plain areas and Rs 350 for infants and Rs 412 for children.
“The schemes were covered only those with anemic conditions in the past. However, the new schemes will cover all the poor in both plain areas and tribal areas,” said Vijay Kumar Reddy.