By promising to consider provision of social pension for the second eligible member of a family too, the Chief Minister has indirectly accepted that he has ignored a vast majority of the economically backward families in the State, YSR Congress Party president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has reasoned.
Addressing a public meeting at Sadum in Punganur Assembly constituency during his Praja Sankalpa Yatra on Friday, the Opposition leader accused Mr. Naidu of feigning ignorance on the huge demand for social pensions.
“Then what for is he in power? He made tall promises to every segment. This only exposes the tendency of Mr. Naidu to approach people with false promises only during elections,” Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy said.
In the run-up to the 2014 elections, pamphlets bearing the signature of Mr. Naidu had been distributed among 1.7 crore families in the State, promising employment or unemployment allowance of ?2,000 to each eligible person, total loan waiver to farmers and women groups, and redemption of gold loans, he said.
“Not a single promise has been fulfilled completely. The ‘108’ service, the favourite scheme of former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has turned sick. People have lost the opportunity to get themselves treated in corporate hospitals in Hyderabad under the Aarogyasri. What has happened to the promise of providing three cents of land to every poor family towards housing?” Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy questioned.
Reiterating the YSRCP’s commitment to merge APSRTC with the government on coming to power, Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy accused Mr. Naidu of increasing RTC fares and power tariff three times in the last four years. Referring to the issues in Punganur Assembly constituency, Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy said though YSRCP MLA Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy had donated 11 acres of land for constructing a government hospital, the TDP government did nothing in that direction. “Though summer storage tanks were built in the constituency, the present government did not bother to lay pipelines. If the YSRCP comes to power, the Handri-Neeva project would be completed on a war-footing,” he said.