Hyderabad: In a wake of Early Polls, The Congress party on Wednesday announced a slew of sops as part of releasing its flagship programmes in the event the party comes to power in the State.
The recently appointed manifesto committee of the Congress met for the first time on Monday to start the process of preparing the party's manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
However, some modifications will be made to the housing scheme to make it easier for people to build their own homes by giving them Rs 5 lakh or additional funds to add a room and a toilet to the existing Indiramma houses, Telangana Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy said.
# Lower power tariffs for all, a list of seven free ration items including rice, wheat, atta, sugar and cooking oil for all Dalit and Girijan families
#Increase of pensions to the old, handicapped, single women and others to up to Rs 3,000 a month,
#Fine rice of 6 kg at Rs 1 a kg per person in a family of white ration card holders and payment of Rs 100 as commission to ration shop dealers per quintal of material sold through fair price shops.
# He also said all BPL families will be given six cooking gas cylinders for free each year.
# The Congress, he said, also promises to introduce a Rs 5 lakh accident insurance scheme for all BPL ration card holders.
#Re-launch the Kalyana Lakshmi and Bangaru Thalli Schemes.
#Bicycles for girls in schools and junior colleges studying between class 7 and up to Intermediate.
# The limits of expenditure under Arogya Sri will be enhanced from the present Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.
Uttam Kumar Reddy also said the government will introduce a Rs 500 crore NRI fund for the welfare of Telangana workers in Gulf countries, Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for families of such workers who lose their lives while working in the Gulf nations.
#A similar ex-gratia will be given to families whose breadwinners return from the Gulf on account of ill-health but lose their lives after they return home.
He said the coming elections in the State were "not between the Congress and the TRS but between Chief Minister's family and the people of the State."