Over the past couple of months, several initiatives have been undertaken to help students out since they have been one of the most vulnerable groups to be affected by the ills of lockdowns. Not only have they missed out on their academics, but their parents have had to make ends meet, equip students with technological access and all this requires funds.
The Andhra government, in light of the issue, has announced a scheme titled the Andhra Pradesh Amma Vodi scheme. This scheme aims to help out students by offering them financial assistance in these uncertain times.
The state government will transfer the said amount to the beneficiary’s bank account in January 2021.
Under the ₹15,000 sent to mothers for their children’s education, ₹1,000 will be deducted for the improvement of sanitation and hygiene facilities in the school. The state government has also exempted the 75% attendance requirement bearing in mind the current Covid-19 crisis.
Guidelines in effect for the implementation of the Amma Vodi scheme
There are certain guidelines that come around the implementation of the scheme. Herewith are some of the guidelines.
- From the 9th of December 2020 to the 25th of December 2020, preliminary actions of the scheme will be in effect.
- The portal authorities will oversee the entries of beneficiaries received and review the list which would be released in December 2020.
- The list of eligible mothers/guardians will be released on 16th December 2020 and the school headmaster would be in charge of sorting out all discrepancies in the details before the stipulated date and all complaints regarding the eligibility of the beneficiaries would be sent to the joint collector in charge of the scheme.
- There will also be three helplines set up 24/7 and will be open at the DPO office in Visakhapatnam in order to supervise and implement the scheme with relative ease.
Features of the scheme
- The funds will be transferred to the beneficiaries’ accounts through the direct benefit transfer available online.
- Once the beneficiary completes grade 12th exams, the scheme benefits will be ceased.
- The funds will be provided every year in the month of January to all beneficiaries until they complete their education.
- If the beneficiary decides to discontinue their education, no funds will be provided to him or her.
Documents needed for benefitting from the scheme
- Aadhaar card
- Residence certificate
- School ID card
- Ration card
- Mobile number
- Passport size photographs
- Birth certificate
This proves to be a great scheme in the long run for students who are willing to pursue education but are unable to do so due to financial constraints. With this scheme in place, the State government will be able to reach out to more students and help them gain sound education which will eventually make them assets to the state workforce.