Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said the hike in hostel mess charges for students announced by him in the Assembly would be implemented from December nine.
Reddy, who interacted with students of Tandur Girls School as part of his 'Indiramma Baata' (on the path shown by Indiramma) mass-contact programme in adjoining Ranga Reddy district, said the programme will be implemented from December 9, the birthday of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
He said 8.20 lakh students will benefit from the hike in mess charges at Government-run hostels in schools and colleges. A sum Rs 242 crore will be incurred on the scheme.
For the students of 3rd to 7th standard, the hike will be from Rs 475 to Rs 750 and for 8th to 10th standards, it would be from Rs 535 to Rs 850. For the students of Intermediate to PG, the increase would be from Rs 520 to 1050.
Education alone would help an individual and make him successful in life, the Chief Minister said on the occasion.
Earlier, Reddy laid the foundation stone for a 200-bed hospital and inaugurated a special Neonatal Care Unit at Tandur, built at a cost of Rs 100 crore.
Later, he formally launched the 'Indiramma Amrutha Hastham" programme. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the scheme has been launched to reduce the incidence of low birth babies, infant and maternal mortality, and malnutrition among children.
An estimated 3.5 lakh pregnant and lactating women will be provided 'one full meal' under the programme. He said Rs 100 will be given to the women who lose their daily wages when in hospital after delivery and another Rs 50 towards nutritious food.
The scheme is being launched with an outlay of Rs 100 crore.>