ANDHRA PRADESH

TRS to launch fresh round of agitation

HYDERABAD Oct. 13. The president of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, on Monday said the party was bracing for launching another round of agitation from October 25, to highlight the "injustice" toTelangana region. The form of agitation would be decided at the political affairs committee meeting to be held here on October 15.

Addressing a press conference, Mr. Rao said now that the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, himself declared that he was saved from the recent mishap to serve the people better, he should show his sincerity towards people of Telangana first by implementing the GO 610 as recommended by an interim report of the House Committee.

He also wanted the Chief Minister's post to be brought under the purview of the Lok Ayukta, as was the case in Karnataka, release water for Nagarjunasagar ayacut in Nalgonda district, stop forcible collection of electricity bill arrears and rescue the families of weavers who had committed suicide in Sircilla and other places, by announcing ex gratia of Rs. 1 lakh each to their dependents.

He said a series of workshops and meetings would be held during the next few days to take stock of the socio-economic conditions of weaker sections in the Telangana region and come out with policies for them that could be adopted when the separate State was formed. A policy-drafting committee had been formed headed by A. Narendra, chairman of the People's Representatives Forum of the TRS.

The draft proposals would be discussed at the political affairs committee meeting and approved by the State executive on October 16.

The first in the series would be a workshop on Scheduled Castes on October 17 here, which, among others, would be attended by the former Welfare Secretary, P. S. Krishnan.

The draft policy for the Backward Classes would come up for discussion in the afternoon session and policies relating to the Scheduled Tribes and Minorities on October 18. The policy on the Scheduled Castes would be announced on October 19 and for others, later.

He said the party was keen on coming out with its policies in advance to set at rest the doubts -- for instance, the State Ministers were carrying a campaign that the power subsidy to the farm sector would go if a separate state for Telangana were formed.

A sub-committee of senior leaders was looking at the kind of budget, finance, welfare schemes and poverty alleviation programmes that could be taken up.

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