The Telangana Congress is all set to release its manifesto soon, addressing issues from loan waiver for crops to monthly allowances for the unemployed, even as the state braces itself for early polls.
Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) chief Uttam Kumar Reddy said that a high-level committee headed by senior MLA T. Jeevan Reddy was constituted to study various issues in the state, adding that all the recommendations made by the committee had been accepted.
Speaking to reporters at Gandhi Bhavan in Hyderabad on Wednesday, Uttam Kumar said, "The Congress party will come out with a detailed manifesto soon and the Manifesto Committee would be constituted after September 15. Promises like crop loan waiver up to Rs. 2 lakh, doubling of pension, unemployment allowance of Rs. 3,000 to 10 lakh jobless youth, etc., would be the flagship schemes of next Congress Government."
He also said that separate manifestoes would be prepared for all Assembly segments.
"The present promises are totally practical and they would be implemented without any hassles. These promises are being made based on Telanganaâ€™s monthly revenue of Rs. 10,500 crore. While our focus is peopleâ€™s welfare, TRS worked only for contractors,â€ť he added.
Speaking about the Public Distribution System (PDS), Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the Congress believes in a socialist secular republic and therefore, it would come up with a scheme which would ensure supply of essential commodities to poorest of poor easily.
The TPCC chief also promised that free power, up to 200 units, would be supplied to all underprivileged families.
"The next Congress Government would provide up to six cylinders every year at free of cost to all Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. All BPL families/white ration card holders would also get accidental insurance of Rs. 5 lakh. The treatment limit under Aarogyasri scheme, for all beneficiaries including government employees and journalists, will be increased from present Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh covering all diseases," Uttam Kumar said.
The Congress leader also said that he would protect the interest of tenant farmers in the state, and they too would be recognised as farmers with rights on all benefits and sops given by the government.
â€śWhile Minister KT Rama Rao conducted foreign tours and mingled only with people wearing suits and boots, he never looked into the problems being faced by Gulf migrant workers who were forced to live in inhuman conditions. More than four years have passed and the TRS government is dissolving Assembly. Throughout their regime, they did nothing for those poor migrant workers and their families,â€ť he said, while promising that the next Congress Government would set up a fund to help the workers.