Manifesto out: Cong to lower fuel, Metro rates

HYDERABAD: The Congress, if voted to power, will increase the retirement age of state government employees from 58 years to 60 years, reduce the number of districts, which are 31now, to cut down the financial burden on the exchequer and will change the official abbreviation of Telangana State (TS) to Telangana (TG).

The Congress promised this and more in its 112-page manifesto titled ‘People’s manifesto – samoola maarpu kosam, samagra pranalika’ (People’s manifesto for change), covering 36 major sectors pertaining to governance, agriculture, welfare of various communities and sections, industries, Greater Hyderabad and environment. It was released here on Tuesday by former Union minister Jairam Ramesh, AICC leader RC Khuntia, Telangana Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy, manifesto committee convenor Dasoju Sravan and Hyderabad district president M Anjan Kumar Yadav.

The party would reduce petrol and diesel prices by rolling back the exorbitant taxes imposed by the TRS government, review the ticket prices, ensure potholefree roads in Greater Hyderabad and set up a Lok Ayukta with chief minister, ministers and officials brought under its purview. The Congress announced Rs 2 lakh crop loan waiver and Rs 5,000 per acre crop in put subsidy to farmers, tenant farmers and agriculture labourers registered under Rythu Coolie Pathakam.

Pranahita-Chevalla project, renamed and redesigned by the TRS government, will be revived and a 148-metre barrage will be constructed at Tummidihatti to take water through gravity and height of Kaleshwaram barrage would be raised at Medigadda (the TRS government had reduced the height) by 101 metres by taking support of government.

“All the good schemes of the previous government will be continued and those needed to be revised and changed will be done after a thorough review,” Uttam Kumar Reddy said and added a supplementary manifesto would be released shortly.

Explaining briefly the party’s manifesto, Sravan said the logo of the Telangana government would be redesigned to reflect the democratic spirit and sacrifices made by martyrs. Approval will be given for the official statue of ‘Telangana Thalli’ which will portray common woman.

“Free power supply will be given to all the temples, mosques, churches and other places of religious worship,” he said.

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