The progress report of the Jagan Mohan Reddy Government after ruling for two years shows that Former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu never had the capacity or intention of fulfilling even one promise he made before he was elected in 2014.
Political pundits feel that Mr Chandrababu Naidu who was sitting ten years in the Opposition hoped that his party would have a comfortable strength as the main Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of the recently bifurcated Andhra Pradesh, but never dreamed of ruling the new state.
The spin doctors predicted that the YSR Congress Party would capture the power and the Indians Nation Congress (INC) which was in power would fight with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to be the main Opposition.
What the spin doctors did not foresee was the complete wiping out of the INC which was seen as the reason for the unjust bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. With all the anti-Congress votes going to the Telugu Desam Mr Chandrababu Naidu became a Chief Minister who had no means of fulfilling the promises he made to every section of society particularly the farmers.
In the subsequent election Mr Jagan who interacted with people from all over the state during his padayatra came up with a simple and plausible election manifesto. On top of that Mr Jagan at the time of his swearing in announced that the elections manifesto was his Quran, Bible and Bhagwath Geetha.
Playing the blame game Mr Chandrababu Naidu said that he tried very hard to deliver on his promises – which was why he allied with the BJP government at the Centre, so that he could get funds. But having been “cheated” and “betrayed” by the BJP, he is left with no choice but to look for funds elsewhere, and for that, he needs another term.
Naidu’s unfulfilled promises
Here are the promises that Mr Chandrababu Naidu tried and failed to deliver :
- Waiver of farmers’ crop loans.
- Completion of Polavaram project
- Nine hours’ free power supply to farmers for agriculture.
- Waiver of loans taken by groups for the development of women and children in rural areas (DWCRA).
- Potable water at subsidised rate to all families living below the poverty line.
- Rs 1,000 pension to Scheduled Tribe people above 50 years of age.
- Free education to Muslim girls.
- Marriage assistance of Rs 50,000 for poor Muslim girls.
- Old age pensions to be enhanced from Rs 250 to Rs 1,000.
- Unemployment allowance to be increased from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 per month
- Mahalakshmi scheme, which would give Rs 2 lakh to each girl child by the time she is married.
- Free laptops to students pursuing higher education.
Instead of fulfilling these election promises Mr Chandrababu focused on Amaravati and irrigation projects like Pattiseema.
Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy on the other hand fulfilled 95 per cent of the promises he made in the election manifesto.
According to the progress report released at the end of to years : 95 per cent assurances given by Mr Jagan to people during Padayatra fulfilled
Chief Minister Shri YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has fulfilled more than 95 per cent of the promises made by the state government during his 24 months rule and has become a close relative to the people, employees, students, farmers, workers, traders and all.
Weekend leave for police: The government has ushered in a better welfare regime by giving the police a weekend off like never before in history.
The state government led by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has merged the RTC with the government as promised to fulfill the decades-long dream of RTC employees. It provides job security to 51,488 employees and increased the retirement age to 60 years, the same as government employees, despite a financial burden of Rs 300 crore a month and Rs 3600 crore a year. At present all RTC employees are working as employees of the newly established Public Transport Department of the Government.
Andhra Pradesh Outsourcing Corporation:
The Andhra Pradesh Outsourcing Corporation has been set up to recruit Outsourcing services employees without resorting to bribery and intermediaries.
Increase the time scale and increase the salaries of contract employees:
The Jagananna government, noting the plight of 108 and 104 service employees, has increased the salary of 108 service drivers from Rs 13,000 to Rs 28,000. The salaries of pharmacists and lab technicians working in 104 services have also been increased from Rs 17,500 to Rs 20,000 and drivers’ salaries by Rs 26,000; they were given job security through the outsourcing corporation.
Increase the salaries of home guards:
The government has increased the salaries of home guards from Rs 18,000 to Rs 21,300.
Sanitation workers’ pay hike:
The government has increased the monthly salary of sanitation workers in municipalities from Rs 18,000, from Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000 in Panchayats and from Rs 8,000 to Rs 16,000 per month for sanitation workers in government hospitals.
Nearly 4,000 Village Revenue Assistants (VRAs) have been promoted by the government to VROs and promoted VROs as Senior Assistants.
Establishment of Cabinet Sub-Committee:
Establishment of Cabinet Sub-Committee on Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS). Appropriate decision would be taken after consultation with employees without compromising their interests.
27% IR for employees:
Orders for release of 3 pending DAs (Drought Allowance) benefiting 4, 49, 00 Government employees and 3,57,000 Pensioners. This places an annual financial burden of Rs 3,802 crore on the government and the government will bear the additional burden of another Rs 9,504 crore.
Judicial Preview Commission (Judicial Preliminary Review):
The government has set up a commission to submit the tender process for all works exceeding Rs 100 crore to the Judicial Judge for review. To this end, a new Judicial Preview Commission has been set up under a former High Court judge. Through reverse tendering so far Rs. 3,143 crore, was saved to the state exchequer.
Progress in the Agricultural sector
Rs.85,000 crores benefit was extended to farmers through various schemes in two years
Services from seed to crop sale in villages through 10,778 Rythu Barosa Kendras (farmers assistance centres).Nearly 2 lakh bores and pump sets at a cost of about Rs 4,932 crores under the “YSR Jala Kala scheme”.
Price stabilization fund with 3,000 crores, Establishment of Disaster Relief Fund with Rs 2,000 crores With the aim of Farmer welfare, all promises made by the government have fulfilled even with many financial difficulties on their way. The state government is helping the farmers beyond what was promised.
As part of providing affordable prices to the farmers for the years 2019-20 and 2020-21 Rs. 27,028 crores for 1,46,58,882 metric tons of paddy, Rs. 5,964 crore for 16,46,303 metric tons of other crop products and a total of 1,63,05,185 metric tons of crop products Rs. 32,992 crores are procured at remunerative price.
YSR Zero Interest Crop Loan Scheme: Providing timely crop loans to farmers on the basis of e-crop data, fully subsidizing crop loans taken below Rs. 1 lakh for crop cultivation with the noble objective of avoiding interest burden on farmers. The government has so far spent Rs 1,261 crore on 67.50 lakh farmers, including past government arrears, with the aim of encouraging them to repay those loans on time.
YSR Free Crop Insurance: For the first time in the history of the country, the government is implementing a free crop insurance scheme to reduce the financial burden on farmers by paying the farmers’ share premium without incurring even a single rupee burden on them. So far, 15,67,000 people have benefited to the tune of Rs 4,113.70 crore. It will be the first time in history that insurance claims were paid in April, following reports from the Planning Department, as soon as the 2020 Kharif harvest trials are over in March. Around 15.15 lakh farmers who lost their crops in Kharif 2020 will get a compensation of Rs. 1,820.23 crores from the government, on May 25, 2021.