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Andhra Pradesh witnesses increased focus on education

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PNS|Vijayawada

The month of June witnessed significant strides in the reformation of Government schools as Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy prioritised education and took several key initiatives to enhance the learning experience for students.

One of the major developments was the establishment of a high-level working group, headed by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, aimed at transforming Government school students into world-class individuals equipped with modern technology. The working group will focus on curriculum enhancements, infrastructure improvements, resource allocation, and the development of engaging learning content to ensure that Government school students become globally competitive.

The Chief Minister signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the US agency ETS (Educational Testing Service) for training students in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). This collaboration will enable students between the ages of 3 and 10 to receive specialised TOEFL preparation. ETS will train select teachers, who will then impart TOEFL certification training to Government school students.

According to a press release issued by the State government on Friday, in line with the commitment to the welfare of students, the Chief Minister allocated funds during the month. A sum of Rs. 6,392 crore was released for the Amma Vodi initiative, Rs. 3,923.21 crore for the YSR Rythu Bharosa-PM Kisan scheme, Rs. 6.12 crore for junior advocates under YSR Law Nestham, and the distribution of Vidya Kanuka kits worth Rs. 1042.53 crore for students was launched.

Underlining the Chief Minister’s dedication to the education sector, he spent quality time with students in classrooms during the presentation of the Jagananna Animutyalu Awards, honoring the top-ranking Government school students.

The press release said the Chief Minister took the State’s housing programme to new heights by handing over 8,912 TIDCO houses built in Gudivada Municipal limits, worth Rs. 800 crore, to beneficiaries.

In a significant boost to the agricultural sector, the Chief Minister flagged off tractors, harvesters, and other farm machinery worth Rs. 361.29 crore under the YSR Yantra Seva Scheme, along with 516 e-autos as part of the Clean Andhra Pradesh (CLAP) program.

The Cabinet ratified the Chief Minister’s proposal to constitute the 12th Pay Revision Commission (PRC) and implement the AP Guaranteed Pension scheme (GPS) for Government employees, replacing the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS). Additionally, the services of 10,117 contract employees were approved for regularization.

Demonstrating a proactive approach to public grievances, the Chief Minister launched the mass contact program “Jagananna Suraksha” and approved the proposal for conducting the “Play Andhra” sports festival to encourage youth participation, the p[rss release said.

On the industrial front, the Chief Minister inaugurated the Godrej Agrovet edible oil refinery, worth Rs. 100 crore, in Eluru district. He also laid foundation stones for three other companies, further bolstering employment prospects for the youth. Additionally, to enhance communication networks in remote areas, the Chief Minister launched the operations of 100 Jio towers, facilitating 4G services in tribal belts.

During the month, the Chief Minister personally inspected the progress of the Polavaram Project, hosted an official dinner for Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra of the Supreme Court, and attended a Santi Yagnam.

Notably, several prominent individuals visited the Chief Minister in June, including Union Minister of State for Finance Dr. Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad, Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner Shelley Salehin, SKOCH Group Chairman Sameer Kochhar, Visakhapatnam Port Authority

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