All you need to know about the top 10 welfare schemes of Telangana government

Telangana Model is a perfect blend of welfare and development and probably the only state in the country where welfare schemes and developmental projects go hand in hand. Under the leadership of CM KCR, Telangana government introduced several novel schemes which were later replicated in many states and even at the national level. Some schemes like Rythu Bandhu and Rythu Beema have even won global laurels.

As Telangana is celebrating ‘Welfare Day’ as part of the ongoing decennial celebrations of Telangana state formation, here is a look at the top welfare 10 schemes of the Telangana government.

1. Aasara Pensions

Started: 2014

Aim: To provide social security to disadvantaged sections such as the elderly, differently abled, single women, widows, beedi workers, toddy tappers, weavers, etc. Differently abled receive a monthly pension of Rs. 3,016 and others get Rs. 2,016 per month.

Result: More than 44 lakh people are covered under the state government’s social security coverage.

2. Kalyana Lakshmi/Shaadi Mubarak

Started: 2014

Aim: To extend a financial assistance of Rs. 1,00,116 for the marriage of girls from economically backward sections who crossed 18 years of age.

Result: So far, this scheme benefitted around 13 lakh families and child marriages reduced by 4.8%.

3. Rythu Bandhu

Started: 2018

Aim: To provide Rs. 10,000 per acre every year as an investment support to farmers.

Result: More than 65 lakh farmers received an amount of around Rs. 65,000 crores so far.

4. Rythu Beema

Started: 2018

Aim: Rs. 5 lakh life insurance scheme for farmers aged between 18 to 59.

Result: Around one lakh families received a benefit of Rs. 5,000 crores.

5. Gurukul Educational Institutions

Started: 2014

Aim: To impart free and quality residential education to students from socially and economically backward communities.

Result: Telangana has the highest number of Gurukula Vidyalayas in the country. Around 5.6 lakh students are being educated at international standards in around 1000 Gurukul schools, residential junior colleges and degree residential colleges across the state. Every year, the government spends Rs. 1,25,000 on each student.

6. Dalit Bandhu

Started: 2021

Aim: To provide a one-time grant of Rs. 10 lakhs to eligible Dalit families as a means of financial empowerment. 

Result: So far, 38,323 families were benefited across the state and many Dalits became entrepreneurs.

7. KCR Kits

Started: 2017

Aim: To improve and encourage institutional deliveries by providing an assistance of Rs. 13,000 and Rs. 12,000 for a new-born girl child and boy child respectively. Along with the assistance, a  kit containing 14 essential baby-care items is given to the new mother.

Result: So far, around 14 lakh new mothers were benefited and the scheme also helped in the reduction of Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) from 39 to 21 and Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) from 92 to 43. The deliveries in government hospitals improved from 30% to 62%

8. Kanti Velugu

Started: 2018 (first phase), 2023 (second phase)

Aim: To work towards avoidable blindness free Telangana by conducting eye screening and surgeries for free.

Result: Over 1.5 crore people underwent eye testing in the second phase alone and around 22 lakh people received spectacles free-of-cost.

9. Sheep Distribution

Started: 2018 (first phase), 2023 (second phase)

Aim: To support the traditional shepherd families with a supply of sheep (20+1) and increase the sheep population.

Result: In the first phase, 3.93 lakh units (82.64 lakh sheep) were distributed (till July 2022). As per 20th livestock census-2019, Telangana ranks first place in the sheep population. The number of sheep increased from 1.28 crores to 1.91 crores.

10. Rs. 1 lakh assistance to artisans and craftsmen

Started: 2023 (During the decennial celebrations of Telangana formation)

Aim: To provide a one-time assistance of Rs. one lakh to people from Backward Classes who are practicing traditional occupations.