Amaravati, Jun 1: The Andhra Pradesh government, led by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, on Thursday approved modalities for implementation of the much-awaited unemployment allowance scheme, under which degree-holder jobless youths will get Rs 1000 per month from the state government. The unemployment allowance will be given to applicants aged between 22 and 35. The scheme was approved after the sub-committee, constituted by CM Chandrababu Naidu, had studied similar schemes implemented in 10 states in the country and 12 countries,

“We propose to pay Rs 1,000 per month. The applicant must have a degree or equivalent qualification or diploma,” IT Minister Nara Lokesh told media while explaining the unemployment allowance scheme. More than one person of a family can avail benefits of the scheme. “It is not restricted to one. It could be two… they will be considered under the Saturation model. Similarly, we propose to introduce incentives in villages. The amount will be paid directly into the bank account. Lastly, training will be given to the unemployment to hone their skills,” the minister said.

The state government will launch a website wherein youths can enrol themselves using their Aadhaar number and specify their areas of interest. They will be then provided training for their respective fields. In its manifesto during the 2014 elections, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had promised to ensure at least one job in each household and grant Rs 1,000- Rs 2,000 monthly financial assistance to the unemployed youth in the state. The unemployment allowance scheme will add an additional burden of Rs 1,200 crore per annum, the government said.

“One thing we should note is that the scheme has not been successful in any other State. That too, none have implemented in Saturation model till date. So, it is a first-of-its-kind scheme in the world. The government is of the view that the scheme should be sustainable. We have first announced the modalities and depending on public feedback, we will make changes if necessary and go forward,” Lokesh was quoted as saying.