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CM Jagan Distributes Rs 708 Crore to Support 9.44 Lakh Students through Jagananna Vidya Deevena

1 Mar, 2024 16:45 IST|Sakshi Post

Pamarru (Krishna dist), March 1: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy released Rs.708.68 crore towards Jagananna Vidya Deevena for total fee reimbursement for the quarter October-December 2023. The amount would be directly credited into the joint bank accounts of 9,44,666 students and their mothers.

Addressing a huge public meeting before releasing the amount with the click of a button here on Friday, the Chief Minister said that Jagananna Vidya Deevena (JVD) and other schemes help students from poor families to pursue higher education, obtain professional degrees, and confidently face the competitive job market.

While elaborating on the educational reforms and their tangible results, the Chief Minister criticized TDP President Chandrababu, his foster son Pawan Kalyan, and their friendly media for opposing reforms in the education sector. "It's not just the right to education, but the right to quality education that we need," he emphasized.

"The Government has been striving to reform the system by introducing English Medium, digitization, modern and emerging subjects like AI and IB, besides upgrading school infrastructure through Nadu-Nedu so that our Government school students receive quality education, pursue global courses, and easily compete in the world job market. If we continue the momentum of the present educational reforms, we will find our students working in top companies and attaining high positions after a few years," he said.

"However, it is unfortunate that TDP President Chandrababu Naidu, his foster son, and their friendly media have declared a war on the reforms in education while their children are pursuing education in English medium," the Chief Minister lamented.

"Unlike during the TDP rule, the Government has brought more students into the purview of Vidya Deevena to prevent families from falling into the debt trap," he added, stating that the scheme now covers 93 percent of the students pursuing professional courses.

The Chief Minister emphasized that the Government has been making huge investments in the educational sector as it believes that education is the only weapon that eradicates poverty. "Under JVD, the Government has been making regular quarterly payments soon after the completion of the quarter, and so far, it has spent Rs. 12,610 crore benefiting 29,65,930 students pursuing ITI, Polytechnic, Degree, Engineering, Medicine, and other professional courses," he said, adding that the Government has incurred Rs. 72,919 crore on educational reforms in the last 57 months.

"While Jagan is taking four steps forward in reforming the educational and other sectors, Naidu and his supporters are trying to pull him back by eight steps," he stated. "People should realize that all welfare programs and reforms would stop if Naidu is at the helm."

"Not only in other sectors, but even in the educational sector, we are facing a class war from the feudal forces led by Naidu and his supporters," he said, adding that the results of the reforms are tangible in Government school students representing the country in UN forums.

"Jagan is the only Chief Minister who has gone into the details of the school and college curriculum and taken steps to introduce modern and emerging courses like AI, verticals like risk management, machine learning, virtual and augmented reality, investment banking and management, robotics, virtual building designs, intellectual communication, risk return, and supply chain management," he noted.

"Despite serving three terms as Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu never paid attention to education, and instead of reforming the system, he diluted the Government schools for promoting corporate schools like Narayana and Chaitanya," the Chief Minister said, asking the people to be wary of the evil designs of Naidu and his supporters.

He called upon the people to become his soldiers and stand by him in the ensuing days if they feel they are benefited by various welfare schemes. Some of the students who benefited from JVD also spoke on the occasion. MLA K. Anil Kumar, District Collector Raja Babu, and senior officials participated in the program.

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