Telangana leads with 17% growth, says KTR

State spending Rs 40,000 crore a year on welfare schemes, says TSR working president

By Author  |  Published: 20th Jul 2019  9:32 pm
TRS working president KT Rama Rao distributing pension proceedings to a beneficiary in Sircilla on Saturday.

Rajanna-Sircilla: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president KT Rama Rao on Saturday said the new State of Telangana was ahead of all States with 17 per cent growth rate.
Distributing pension proceedings to beneficiaries in Sircilla, Rama Rao said in the entire country, Telangana was the only State which was spending Rs 40,000 crore on various welfare schemes to safeguard the interests of its people every year.

After coming to power in 2014, the State government hiked pension five times to Rs 1,000 from Rs 200. Every year, an amount of Rs 5,000 crore was spent towards this in the last five years. At an Assembly election campaign in December 2018, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao promised to double the pension amount besides reducing the eligibility age to 57 years from 65 if TRS was voted to power for the second time.

About seven to eight lakh additional people would get benefit with the decline of age, and hiked pension amount would be deposited in pensioners’ bank accounts. It was Telangana government, which provided pensions to beedi workers too. Stating that there was a request from them to enhance the PF cut-off date to get the eligibility for the State government pension scheme, he said the date was enhanced to 2019 from the earlier 2014. With this, about 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh additional beedi workers would be eligible for pension schemes.

Besides pensions, a number of schemes were also introduced for the welfare of all sections of the society. Right from newborns to the elderly, there was a scheme for everyone. While the newborns were given KCR Kits, pregnant women were provided Rs 12,000 financial assistance. About three lakh poor students of SC, ST, BC and minority communities were provided corporate-level education by establishing 700 residential schools in the State. Rs 1.2 lakh was spent on each student per year.

Informing that some women asked him about the sanction of pending pavala vaddi loan amount, Rama Rao assured them of releasing Rs 65 core within two days. Talking about his Sircilla constituency, he said the face of Sircilla town completely changed since the laying of roads, tank development and construction of library were completed.

In order to provide employment to weavers, an order of Rs 300 crore worth Bathukamma sarees was given to local weavers. Pending bills of weavers would also be cleared soon. Per month, women would earn around Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 if Appral Park was started. After long, 3,400 house site pattas were distributed to people recently.

KTR asks cadre to unite for TRS’ victory

TRS working president KT Rama Rao wanted party activists to work with unity for the victory of party candidates in the upcoming municipal election.

At a meeting with party workers in Sircilla on Saturday, Rama Rao said the polling date would be known on Monday. TRS has to win all wards whenever there is polling, he said.

Various developmental works done by the State government in the last five years were before the public. The only thing the TRS cadre should do is to work with unity for the victory of the party candidates, he said.

He said he had the details of candidates suitable for civic polls and advised those concerned to appoint booth committees in all wards in the coming four days. Committees for 117 polling booths should be formed, Rama Rao said.

Informing that changes were made in the Municipal Act, he advised the candidates to read the Act thoroughly before filing their nominations. It was not proper to make mistakes by preaching ethics to others.

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