BRS manifesto may see more money through sops

Hyderabad: The Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) is planning to release its election manifesto for the upcoming Assembly polls earlier unlike 2018 elections. The party leadership aims to enhance the monetary benefits provided to beneficiaries of various schemes such as Aasara pensions, Rythu Bandhu, Kalyana Lakshmi, Shaadi Mubarak, and KCR Kits. BRS president and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao will form a committee comprising senior party leaders to draft the new manifesto.

The party leadership holds the manifesto in high regard, aiming to attract voters and achieve a 'hat trick victory' by securing power for a third consecutive term.

In the 2018 elections, the party manifesto was released just five days before the polling day, leaving party leaders and cadre with only three days for campaigning. In contrast, this time the Chief Minister plans to release the manifesto promptly after the election notification, allowing a generous three-week timeframe for party leaders and members to promote the manifesto and engage in an assertive campaign that emphasises the offerings of the BRS if elected for a third term.

In the previous manifesto, the party increased Aasara pensions for different categories, including old age people, widows, from ₹1,000 to ₹2,016 per month and for physically challenged individuals from ₹1,500 to ₹3,016,. Rythu Bandhu was also increased from ₹8,000 per acre per year to ₹10,000 per acre.

Last week, the CM increased Aasara pensions for the physically challenged from ₹3,016 to ₹4,016. It is expected that the new manifesto will raise Aasara pensions for other categories from ₹2,016 to either ₹2,516 or ₹3,016 in the new manifesto and enhance Rythu Bandhu from ₹10,000 per acre per year to ₹12,000. Additionally, the Shaadi Mubarak/Kalyana Laxmi schemes are expected to receive a higher amount from ₹1,00,016 to ₹1,20,016, and financial assistance provided to pregnant women under the KCR Kits scheme may see an increase from ₹12,000 to ₹15,000.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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