AP Cong. manifesto commits itself to improving economic prosperity and human development index of residuary State

Reiterating its promise to implement the issues incorporated in Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act in letter and spirit, Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee released its election manifesto-2014 with a commitment to improve the economic prosperity and human development index of the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh here on Friday.

Union Minister Jairam Ramesh released the manifesto at Indira Bhavan with a theme of growth with social justice and equity in the presence of Congress election campaign committee chairman K. Chiranjeevi, APCC president N. Raghuveera Reddy, manifesto committee chairman Anam Ramanarayan Reddy, Rajya Sabha member K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao and other leaders.

Emphasising that the AP Congress manifesto formulated with the endorsement of AICC chairperson Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi would create confidence among people about their future, Mr. Raghuveera Reddy appealed to the people to bless the party as the next five years were crucial. “Several delicate issues such as capital city, irrigation facility, employment and others are to be resolved. And for this, the Congress party should come back to power in both the States,” he said.

The 24-page manifesto underlined the Congress party’s commitment to economic reforms, but said reforms in agriculture and rural development would precede the reforms in industry and service sector as the former two sectors accounted for 80 per cent of total work force in the State. It drew up a 10-point plan to transform new Andhra Pradesh into Navyandhra Pradesh with practical agenda to help all sections of people.

Announcing several sops to employees, students, self help groups, farmers, women, Dalits and minorities, it said their welfare would be Congress party’s priority. All the vacancies arising due to bifurcation would be filled permanently through recruitment. For farmers, it promised to constitute separate board to purchase paddy directly from the farmers eliminating middlemen and set up IFFCO fertiliser factory at Nellore to ensure increase of fertiliser availability.

Apart from free nine-hour power supply to agriculture sector, it would bring in legislation to levy penalties to eliminate spurious seeds and pesticides. Completion of Polavaram and other irrigation projects to increase irrigation potential was other promise.

For the industry sector, the Congress party assured single window clearance system for new projects, high-powered task force to assist new entrepreneurs, no power tariff hike for the next five years and time-bound setting up of SEZs and incentive package to film industry.

The party promised to set up Rajiv Gandhi IT hubs for every two districts to give a boost to IT and ITES sectors and develop Anantapur as central hub to facilitate international access as it is nearer to Bangalore.

Speedy development infrastructure, including international airports at important cities, ports, fishing harbours, four-lane roads between mandal and district headquarters and six-lane roads to link districts to capital city were other promises.

The manifesto gave its commitment to strengthening dharmika parishad, empower archakas, protect temple system and give executive powers to Wakf boards.