Telangana assembly elections: TRS announces ‘partial’ manifesto; key highlights revealed

K Chandrasekhar Rao, TRS president and current caretaker chief minister of Telangana has announced some key highlights of his manifesto, ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in the state. Rao had held a meeting with the party election manifesto committee at the party office, Telangana Bhavan on Tuesday. The manifesto is still in progress mode, but KCR had disclosed to the media the few promises finalized.

Some of the pointers of the partial manifesto released today included 1 lakh farmer loan waiver and increasing ‘Rythu Bandhu’ scheme to 10,000 from 8,000. Food processing units will be built in every district which will help women and farmers alike. The regular pension will be increased from Rs.1,000 to Rs.2,016 and physically handicapped pension to Rs. 3,016 from Rs. 2,000 and introducing unemployment fund of Rs 3,016 per month. A recently-launched flagship scheme of the government, Rythu Bandhu gives farmers an incentive of Rs 4,000 for each acre of land as an investment for the crop.

Addressing the media, KCR informed that the TRS manifesto committee has received around 300 demands from the public and they themselves have noticed people’s needs and requirements during the last four years of ruling the state.

Rao said, “In next 2 years all the pending projects will be finished in the state and 100 acres of land will receive water in the state. Rythu Bandhu scheme is getting a great appreciation from all over the world where farmer will be the king of Telangana state. In last 4 years, the state’s own revenue has grown up to 17.17 per cent and in last 2018 financial year, the growth of the state’s own revenue was 19.73 per cent during the TRS government He also elaborated about his government’s key schemes and said that Claiming that the state’s own revenue grew well under his dispensation.”

He also talked about Aasara Pension scheme which is a welfare scheme to provide pension to certain sections of the society, KCR said that around 40 lakh people were already benefiting under the programme. Regarding the further development in the scheme, he stated, “We’ll decrease the age limit to 57. This will result in 8 lakh more people getting added to the scheme. The cost will increase, but we will bear it. Pension amount will also increase from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,016. Meanwhile, for people with disabilities, the amount will be increased to Rs 3,016 from Rs 1,500”.

The caretaker CM said that a ‘growth engine’ would be established for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe people in the state and an amount of Rs 10,000 crore to Rs 15,000 crore for the same. He also promised that a corporation would be set up for the Reddy and Vyshya community.

KCR while talking to reporters after the meeting said, “We discussed several issues pertaining to the people. We took into consideration what the people want and what their main demands were. Instead of looking for votes, we took a rational approach and saw what the need of the hour is. Whatever we promise, we will fulfill”.

KCR claimed that Aanganwadi workers, Home guards, Asha workers and Municipal staff in Telangana are paid the highest amount of salary in India as compared to their counterparts elsewhere. KCR also announced that Raithu samanvaya committee will get proper honour in the next 5 years.

It is said that the Manifesto has been designed keeping in mind the financial situation of the next five years in the state. Launching an attack on central government KCR said, “Central government has given nothing to the state projects like Mission Bhagiratha and Mission Kakatiya. In the next financial year, the state will have 10 lakhs 35 crores budget. Telangana state has a loan of 2 lakhs 70 crores which has to be paid in the next 5 years.”

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