100 days on, Cong govt on track, but lurches on poll promises | Hyderabad News


HYDERABAD: The Congress govt, which completes 100 days today, has so far managed to negotiate the financial hurdles and the Opposition bouncers to implement five of its six guarantees as promised before the assembly polls. The ride has been slow and not so smooth, but so far steady despite having only 64 MLAs – only four more than the required majority.
Immediately after taking office, CM A Revanth Reddy had set the tone for the Congress govt’s intention to break from BRS’s perceived ‘exclusive’ rule and bring in a pro-poor ‘Indiramma Rajyam’ by demolishing the barricades outside erstwhile Pragathi Bhavan, which had become a symbol of a barrier between the people and K Chandrasekhar Rao govt.It was renamed as Praja Bhavan and the doors opened to the public to submit their grievances twice a week.
Amidst all the political hungama, the govt has begun the process to give jobs, fix the scandal-hit TSPSC, get the state assembly to unanimously pass a resolution for caste census.


In its first 100 days, the Revanth Reddy-led Congress govt has got a slow but steady start while managing to stave off the opposition’s attacks by implementing five of its six guarantees.
The govt promised to protect Hyderabad image with ₹40,000 crore investment proposals from Davos, constituted a committee on reviewing Dharani portal, ordered judicial probes into Kaleshwaram and power projects, and has set out to transform the Metro Rail project from what it was planned by the BRS govt.
Apart from the six main guarantees, the Congress list of other pre-poll promises is also long and the govt, though optimistic, is likely to be weighed down by the heavy debt burden on the state.
In the ‘six guarantees card’, there are actually 12 promises, of which five have been implemented within 100 days. The five taken up for implementation are free bus travel for women, ₹10 lakh Aarogyasri, ₹500 cylinder, 200 units free electricity and ₹5 lakh assistance for Indiramma Housing.
The remaining from the ‘six guarantees’ yet to be implemented are ₹2,500 financial assistance to women per month, ₹15,000 per acre Indiramma Rythu Bharosa to farmers and tenant farmers, ₹12,000 to agricultural labourers, a bonus of ₹500 plus MSP for paddy, house site for families who do not own a house and ₹5 lakh financial assistance towards construction of houses, 250 sq yd for all statehood fighters ‘Telangana Udyamakarulu’, ‘Yuva Vikasam’ assuring ₹5 lakh Vidya Bharosa interest-free card for students and international schools in every mandal, and under Cheyutha, a monthly enhanced pension of ₹4,000 for senior citizens and others.
Though the grand old party did not fix any time limit for implementation of other promises, fulfilling them in the five-year term is fraught with difficulties as it has to find avenues to raise revenues.
The Congress in its SC/ST Declaration promised Ambedkar Abhaya Hastham to provide ₹12 lakh grant to each SC and ST family within five years. It has also promised to increase reservations for SCs and STs to 18% and 12% respectively in proportion to their population. The Congress has also assured that it will ensure implementation of SC categorisation into A, B, C and D groups. The Congress BC declaration promised to enhance the BC quota from the existing 23% to 42% in urban and rural local bodies, and spend ₹1 lakh crore for welfare of BCs. All this has also given Opposition ammunition to question the govt.
Opposition questions govt
“Leave alone these big promises, the govt is not even implementing its promise to give 10 grams gold along with ₹1.16 lakh Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubarak. It is not giving enhanced Aasara pensions and no new applicant has been added to the welfare sop.,” said B Vinod Kumar, former BRS MP.
BJP spokesperson Subhash said the Congress was luring people with promises which cannot be implemented even in five years, while the BRS govt had left office after emptying the treasury.
Political observers said the elections were crucial for the Congress govt to demonstrate that people still believe in ‘marpu kavali, Congress ravali’.


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