Unveiling the manifesto of his party, which is expected to do well in Andhra Pradesh and likely to sweep polls in Coastal and Rayalaseema districts, Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Sunday promised a clean and transparent government which will balance social welfare with development and take benefits and opportunities to every section of society. He promised a hassle-free investment environment for development needs of the residual state following creation of Telangana, which in turn will create huge employment opportunities.
He said the YSR Congress manifesto adhered to promises he had made. “The manifesto is a compilation of promises I made during my mass contact yatras and aimed at retaining local talent, generating economic and employment opportunities by massive industrialisation and radical changes in education, health, farming, service and social sectors,’’ he said.
Jagan said, “We will complete drinking water and irrigation projects like Polavaram dam, and build houses for 10 lakh people of weaker section every year and the required number of universities, specialized research institutions and national institutions.’’
“We propose seven hours of power free of cost to agriculture sector during day time,” he announced.
“The residuary state is going to experience an unprecedented activity, a huge construction boom, and huge spending on infrastructure. This will create extraordinary potential for economic growth. These projects require large quantities of cement and steel besides workforce, creating lakhs of jobs. The demand for mining of limestone and iron ore will lead to huge push in transportation from mines to production units and production units to consumer centres.
There will be unprecedented boom for cement, steel, transportation, mining, construction activities creating lakhs of jobs for engineers, IT professionals and blue collar employees,’’ Jagan promised. “We promise to create hassle free and corruption free investment environment,’’ he said.
Jagan proposed a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly and world class capital city, with connectivity and social infrastructure. He promised 20 superspecialty hospitals in the capital city which will be integrated with super specialty hospitals in districts. An IT investment region (ITIR) each in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema and expansion of Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati airports to international standards were other measures. Jagan said, “We propose to write off outstanding bank loans of women SHGs due as on March 31, 2014. We will continue zero per cent interest loans for SHGs.’’
Deo, Pallam among 20 Cong names in Andhra
In Andhra Pradesh where the Congress faced a strong internal rebellion over the issue of the state’s bifurcation, the party has given tickets to two of its cabinet ministers — V Kishore Chandra Deo and M Pallam Raju — from where they are sitting MPs.
The Congress declared a list of 20 candidates of the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state on Sunday. While Deo has been fielded from Araku (ST), Raju would contest from Kakinada — both in the Seemandhra region.
Incidentally, Raju had resigned as Union minister protesting the government’s decision to bifurcate the state. His resignation was, however, not accepted.
The Congress on Sunday also declared a list of 139 candidates for Assembly elections in the state.