CM KCR’s welfare push to counter Congress guarantees


Rama Krishna Sangem

BRS supreme and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is leaving no stone unturned to counter opposition Congress’ welfare guarantees ahead of Telangana Assembly elections slated to be held in December this year. Already, KCR has announced hiking monthly pensions to Differently Abled persons from present Rs 3,016 to Rs 4, 016. 

One time financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh per family among poor Muslims is another welfare measure that came out of the government on July 23, Sunday. Increasing hostel and mess charges of students at different levels is a major move on the part of CM KCR to address long pending demands from youth of educational field. As per the orders issued, the monthly mess and diet charges of students from 3- 7th class will go up from Rs 950 to Rs 1,200.

From 8th to 10th class students’ mess charges will be increased from Rs 1,100 per month to Rs 1,400, the diet bill of those studying from 11th standard to post-graduation will be hiked from the present Rs 1,500 per month to Rs 1,875.  This hike will benefit around 9 students studying in hostels and residential facilities in the State. The increase in diet charges is in tune with the price rise in food items, an official explained.


Regularization of VRAs

CM KCR has taken another important decision on July 22, Sunday – to absorb close to 22,000 village revenue assistants  by regularizing their services. They will be absorbed into different related government departments as full time employees. To take this decision, KCR came to Secretariat on a holiday day, Sunday. Leaders of joint action committee of VRAs who have been demanding for the move thanked KCR for his gesture.

Distribution of “Podu pattas” to around to 5 lakh tribal last week too is in fulfillment of KCR’s promise to for over eight years. Now, these tribal people will peacefully cultivate their lands, officially forest lands in records. Offering Rs 1 lakh assistance to eligible BCs families is another welfare measure by CM KCR which will be rolled out soon.  This scheme like Dalita Bandhu offered to SCs.

Sources close to KCR say, there will be some more decisions in the coming two months to extend welfare packages to till now left out sections. If we go by the moves, it appears, he wants to counter Congress party’s plans to offer welfare guarantees to all needy ahead of assembly elections. Congress is planning to come out a please all poll manifesto in September. They want to follow the Karnataka model of poll guarantees in Telangana too.

Rama Krishna Sangem

Ramakrishna chief editor of excel India online magazine and website

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