VIJAYAWADA: The AP Congress released its election manifesto on Friday promising special category status (SCS) to the state immediately after the party comes to power at the Centre. It said it would prepare separate manifestoes for every district for complete development of the AP state.
AP Congress Committee president N. Raghuveera Reddy, senior Congress leader Kanumuri Bapiraju and AP Congress official spokesperson Dr Gangadhar released the manifesto in the State Congress office at Vijayawada on Friday.
The Congress promised the implementation of the Bundelkhand package for the development of seven north Andhra district and development of backward Prakasam district.
On October 1 last, the Congress had released a pre-election manifesto. Mr Raghuveera Reddy said all assurances given in the AP Reorganisation Act 2014 would be fulfilled. The Polavaram project would be completed with Central funds.
He assured Central funds for the new Capital, the Metro Rail, and said the Congress-ruled Centre would cover the revenue deficit.
He said the Congress would establish a steel plant at Kadapa, construct the Dugarajapatnam port and establish the Chennai-Visakhapatnam industrial corridor.
Mr Raghuveera Reddy said Rs 2 lakh loan waiver would be given to DWCRA self-help groups and every poor family would get four gas refills free. Social security pensions would be increased to Rs 2,000, Rs 2,500 and Rs 3,000 according to age groups.
The ceiling on Arogyasri would be raised to Rs 5 lakh and the scheme would be extended to cover all diseases. The Congress on coming to power would decrease fuel prices by bringing them under the GST.
The manifesto promised a sub-plan for the BCs and the minorities. He promised that the party would make efforts to implement reservations to BCs in the legislature....