Jagan to felicitate 2,33,719 volunteers for their services

Vijayawada: For the third consecutive year, the YSRC government is organising a felicitation to volunteers. Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy would initiate the presentation of Seva Mitra, Seva Ratna and Seva Vajra awards to the best village / ward secretariat volunteers at the A Plus Convention Centre here on May 19.

In a festive atmosphere, the programme would stretch to 10 days across the state and would see distribution of a total of ₹243.34 crore in cash awards to 2,33,719 volunteers.

The Chief Minister expressed his token of appreciation to all the volunteers “who are doing yeoman service in bestowing the benefits of government welfare schemes to the beneficiaries,” like handing over the pensions of the YSRC government on the first of every month.

“Rain or shine, they are doing this regularly with a bright smile, going an extra mile in helping the needy by hand-holding them as a family member of a cluster of 50 families each, and acting as a bridge between the households and the government.”

The Chief Minister said, “Yet again it is time we honour our dedicated volunteers for their unwavering devotion in rendering exemplary services without giving any scope for corruption or discrimination.”

The volunteers delivering continuous service for the last one year will be awarded in three categories based on their performance. Under Seva Vajra, a certificate, shawl, badge and a medal along with a cash incentive of ₹30,000 would be given to each volunteer.

The awards are presented to 875 Volunteers, @ 5 top volunteers in each constituency, across all 175 assembly constituencies.

Under Seva Ratna, a certificate, shawl, badge and medal along with a cash incentive of ₹20,000 is given. The awards are presented to 4,220 volunteers.

The top 1 per cent volunteers ranked in the descending order in each mandal / municipality / municipal corporation, a minimum of five per mandal / municipality and 10 in each municipal corporation.

Under Seva Mitra, a certificate, shawl and badge along with a cash incentive of ₹10,000 is given. The awards are presented to a total of 2,28,624 volunteers across the state.

The parameters for selection were: corruption-free delivery of services, integrity, performance in household surveys, distribution of pensions, use of various apps, attendance, participation in the implementation of Navaratnalu schemes, door delivery of ration, sanctioning of pension cards, rice cards and Aarogyasri cards etc.

So far, the YSRC government has distributed cash awards of ₹705.68 crore to the volunteers, including ₹243.34 crore that is being distributed on Friday.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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