Showering sops on the Village Organisation Assistants (VOAs) and resource persons, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday announced a monthly remuneration of Rs. 3,000 to them. In addition, they would get Rs. 2,000 per month from their respective groups. There are 27,750 VOAs who work in the rural areas and 8,000 resource persons who work in the urban areas in the State.

Interacting with the resource persons at the Grievance Hall near his residence at Undavalli near here, Mr. Naidu said the government would issue identity cards to the resource persons, apart from two pairs of dresses.

“The government is paying Rs. 5,000 to each resource person despite cash crunch and spending Rs. 100 crore on them. The onus lies on the resource persons to see that the income of every family increases,” Mr. Naidu said.

Financial empowerment

The MEPMA and DWCRA groups would distribute the monthly remuneration.

Referring to the key role women plan in the development of society, Mr. Naidu said the government was committed to their uplift.

Stating that he had seen during his childhood how women were neglected by denying them education and subjecting them to harassment, Mr. Naidu said the reason behind such treatment was that they were not financially strong those days.

“I have always thought that women should have equal share in development, and self-confidence alone can ensure that. Self-help groups (SHGs) are a step in that direction,” he said.

The government was encouraging DWCRA groups by extending a financial assistance of Rs. 52,000 crore and a loan of Rs. 14,000 crore this year because they play key role in the economic development of the State, he said.

Stating that the government was implementing several welfare programmes for women, the Chief Minister said the aim was to ensure the fruits of the programmes reached every eligible person.

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