‘Scheme introduced during TDP regime diluted by Congress’

Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu has warned that the TDP would launch an agitation if there is a cap on fee reimbursement for backward class and economically backward class students of engineering and other professional colleges.

Addressing a meeting in connection with World Handloom Day at NTR Trust Bhavan here on Tuesday, he said the fee reimbursement scheme was introduced in the State during the Telugu Desam regime. However, the Congress government subsequently diluted it and caused a burden on students. He said the attitude of other parties had changed after the TDP announced that it would give 100 Assembly tickets to BCs.

Accusing the government of doing precious little for the welfare of handloom weavers, he said the TDP, if returned to power, would re-introduce ‘Janata clothes’ scheme. Free housing would be provided to the weavers. Loans would be waived and subsidy would be given on yarn. He also announced that a Rs.10,000 crore sub-plan to economically uplift BCs would be launched.

Meanwhile, Telugu Nadu Students Federation and Telugu Yuvata have given a call for laying siege to the residences of Ministers on Wednesday to protest against the government’s stand on fee reimbursement for BC, EBC and other students.

At a press conference, senior TDP leader T. Devender Goud lashed out at the government and demanded that it withdraw its decision to impose a cap on reimbursement. Demanding that the fee amount be borne by the government, he said the Congress leaders have been always vindictive towards BCs.