YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh held his first ever cabinet meeting on Monday. This after inducting 25 ministers including 5 Deputy Chief Ministers last week.
The meeting started around 10.30 am in the state Secretariat's first block and tabled several key issues ranging from agriculture to old age pensions and welfare of government employees and labourers.
All newly inducted ministers including Home Minister G Sucharita, Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy, Pilli Subhash Chandrabose, Peddireddi Ramchandra Reddy were present along with state Chief Secretary LV Subramanyam and other officials.
As per directions given by the CM, officials had prepared a cabinet agenda with 8 issues, and according to TV reports, the cabinet meeting lasted for six hours.
The cabinet has approved the decision to increase old age pensions from Rs 2000 to Rs 2250 per month. The announcement was made by CM Jagan soon after taking oath. The cabinet has also approved the Rythu Barosa scheme through which the government will give Rs 12,500 to farmers per year for four years. The cabinet has also approved the increase in salary of ASHA health workers from Rs 3000 to Rs 10,000. The cabinet has also decided to increase the salaries of Tribal Area Community Health workers from Rs 400 to Rs 4000 per month. This decision will help over 7000 community health workers.
AP CM has also increased the salary of sanitation workers to Rs 18000 per month.
The cabinet has also approved the decision to increase 27% Interim Relief to government employees as CM had earlier assured, and has agreed to the constitution of a committee that will look into cancellation of the contributory pension scheme (CPS).
CM has indicated the possible change in governance delivery and has sought reports from officials on concerning issues.