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NTR Bharosa Pension Scheme Launch Day, A New Era of Social Security in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu launched the NTR Bharosa pension scheme, fulfilling a key election promise and bringing hope to millions of beneficiaries across the state.

The Launch Event

Time and Place

  • Launched at 6 a.m. on July 1, 2024
  • First pension delivered at Penumaka village, Tadepalli block, Amaravati

Key Participants

  • Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu
  • Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan
  • Cabinet members and MLAs of the ruling alliance

About the NTR Bharosa Pension Scheme

What is it?

The NTR Bharosa Scheme is a social security program designed to provide financial support to various vulnerable groups in Andhra Pradesh.

Key Features

  1. Increased pension amounts for different categories:
    • Old-aged people, widows, weavers, etc.: Rs 4,000 per month (up from Rs 3,000)
    • Disabled and leprosy patients: Rs 6,000 per month (up from Rs 3,000)
    • Severely disabled: Rs 15,000 per month (up from Rs 5,000)
    • Chronic disease patients: Rs 10,000 per month (up from Rs 5,000)
  2. Wide coverage:
    • 6.531 million beneficiaries
    • 28 different categories
  3. Doorstep delivery of pensions

Impact of the Scheme

Financial Support

  • Total amount distributed on launch day: Rs 4,408 crore

Beneficiary Groups

  • Old-aged people
  • Widows
  • Weavers
  • Toddy tappers
  • Fishermen
  • Single women
  • Traditional cobblers
  • Transgenders
  • Artists
  • Disabled individuals
  • Chronic disease patients

Additional Announcements

Chief Minister Naidu also promised to introduce Amma canteens in the state, offering meals at just Rs 5.

The Legacy of N T Rama Rao

The scheme is named after Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR), a significant figure in Andhra Pradesh’s history:

  • Famous Telugu film actor and producer
  • Founder of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1982
  • Three-time Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
  • Father-in-law of current Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu

Why This Day is Important

July 1, 2024, will be remembered as a day of:

  1. Fulfillment of Promises: The TDP government, sworn in on June 12, 2024, quickly acted on its election promise.
  2. Social Welfare: The scheme aims to improve the lives of millions of vulnerable citizens.
  3. Political Legacy: It honors the memory of NTR while continuing his vision of social welfare.
  4. Statewide Participation: The involvement of all cabinet members and MLAs in the launch demonstrates the government’s commitment to the scheme.

Important Takeaways from all competitive exams:

  • Andhra Pradesh Capital: Amaravati;
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister: N. Chandrababu Naidu;
  • Andhra Pradesh Formation: 1 November 1956 (Andhra Pradesh Day).

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