Welfare pensions should be given with retrospective effect to those eligible in the Rachchabanda people contact programme that is likely to take place soon, the TDP has demanded.

The names of those above 65 years and eligible for old age pension, widows and the physically challenged who obtained SADARAM (Software for Assessment of Disability Access, Rehabilitation and Empowerment) have been put online two-and-a-half years ago, TDP (Rural) president and MLA G. Rama Naidu told reporters here on Monday. In spite of it, the old and infirm had to wait for sanction of pensions. Owing to the delay all the people did not get pensions and in the interregnum some died.

Mr. Rama Naidu demanded that since the potential beneficiaries were declared eligible they should be paid pension amount lump sum for the entire period during the Rachchabanda programme. Besides, no payment had been made for houses leaving them incomplete. With ration cards not being issued to the eligible, they could not get houses or Arogyasri cards sanctioned. Unless these benefits were given to people, the Rachchabanda programme would not be meaningful, he said.

Mr. Rama Naidu accused the Chief Minister of misleading people with his jugglery of words that the Samaikyandhra cyclone would be stopped. YSRCP was nothing but Congress with a new name, he said. Having realised that Congress would be routed, simply the label had been changed, he alleged.

On whether the TDP had given up the Samaikyandhra agitation, he said the UPA Government was insensitive to the agitation by NGOs, employees of RTC and other departments. The Congress itself seemed to be a divided house with some MPs resigning and some not. Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu had been able to highlight the problem by his fast in New Delhi for equal justice.