VIJAYAWADA: The YSRC government, which ends its second year in office on May 30, has been on a roller coaster for two years. Despite the ongoing controversies, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s government has introduced several reforms to facilitate administration, transparent delivery of welfare programs, and stop the red tapism and bureaucratic blockage. Jagan, who had no previous administrative experience from day one as chief minister, focused on key areas – overhauling grassroots administration, education and health.
The emphasis was on improving village administration so that welfare and development initiatives achieve the goal in a transparent manner. The village / neighborhood secretariat and the village / neighborhood volunteer system put in place by his government accelerated the mechanism of public delivery of government programs to the target group, in addition to providing jobs to thousands of young people. For 2,000 inhabitants of rural areas, a village secretariat has been set up and for 4,000 inhabitants of urban areas, a district secretariat has been set up. Thanks to them, 541 different services have been extended. The village and district secretariats make sure that the villagers do not have to go to the mandal or district headquarters for every little thing. As an extension of the village / neighborhood secretariat set up, a total of 2,68,080 village / neighborhood volunteers have been appointed and among them, 74,659 are neighborhood volunteers. Each of them was assigned 50 households in villages and 100 households in urban areas.
They act as issuing mechanisms for birth, death, income and other certificates, social protection pensions and the benefits of other initiatives under Navaratnalu. According to a senior official, the new system not only saves time and money for people, who otherwise had to run from pillar to post for income or other certificates, but also denies corruption. Reforms in the agricultural sector, including Rythu Bharosa Kendras, paved the way for self-sufficiency in the villages. Most importantly, financial assistance to farmers is credited directly to their bank accounts. The state government has introduced a plethora of plans and programs in the health sector as part of the renovation of the entire medical and health infrastructure.
Bringing the Covid-19 and the black fungus within Aarogyasri’s reach is proving to be beneficial for hundreds of people. Free treatment for 2,434 diseases, including cancer, is covered by Dr YSR Arogyasri. About 95 percent of the families in the state benefit from the Dr YSR Aarogyasri program with the raising of the income limit to `5 lakh. Reforms in the education sector include the renovation of school infrastructure, the introduction of English as the language of instruction, the upgrading of Anganwadis as pre-primary schools, the implementation of vidya kanuka, vidya deevena, vasathi deevena and other programs.
They have sown the seeds of change that should pay off in the years to come. In the coming days, tackling the second wave of Covid is the most important challenge facing the government. District administrations, which succeeded in tackling the first wave, are taking all necessary measures to contain the spread of the virus and reduce the number of active cases. The government has another challenge ahead of it, a possible third wave. Administratively, converting every parliamentary constituency in the state to a district to facilitate administration remains a challenge.