Amma Vodi to attract children to schools

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The education sector in Andhra Pradesh is getting a facelift with Lakhs of poverty stricken parents being given financial assistance to get their kids to school. First of its kind in India, the programme named “Amma Vodi” is aimed at increasing the number of school going students and enhancing quality of education.

As part of the programme, the government will provide assistance of Rs 15000 per year to financially weak mothers or guardians for supporting them in imparting education to their children. State Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy launched the Rs 6318 crore Amma Vodi Programme last week.

The financial assistance would be made available to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries in January every year. The amount will be deposited in the accounts till the children pass out of the school. The children from class 1 to 12 will benefit from the scheme. Moreover, all students are eligible for the scheme irrespective of them studying in government, private, aided or unaided schools.

One of the main conditions is that children must have 75 per cent of attendance to avail the scheme. Moreover, the families must have white ration cards. The school drop outs would not get the benefit. The children of government employees and income tax payers would not get the benefit from the scheme. The children on the streets and orphans, who are studying through voluntary organisations, would also get the benefit. The amount will be paid in the account of the voluntary organisations.

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