TDP vs. YSRCP: Battle Of The Manifestos

On the occasion of Ugadi, TDP and YSRCP released their respective manifestos. Both of the manifestos are elaborate and have several promises. Now how many of them will be fulfilled, only time will answer that. Also, it depends on who will come into power. In the last five years, Chandrababu Naidu has fulfilled almost all the promises made by him before the 2014 election. Therefore, it is safe to assume that he would do so this time as well. Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy was never a CM of the state, so we can't predict whether he will fulfill them or not.

The TDP manifesto, Mee Bhavishyattu Naa Badhyatha, includes most of the existing schemes with slight changes in them. Like, the Chandranna Bheema scheme ceiling is increased to Rs 10 lakh from Rs 5 lakh. The free electricity supply for farmers has increased to 12 hours from 9 hours. Old age pension has increased to Rs 3,000 from Rs 2,000 and the eligibility age is decreased to 60 years from 65 years. The unemployment allowance is increased to Rs 3,000 from Rs 2,000 and those who have passed intermediate are also eligible to receive this allowance. Interest-free loans for farmers, with no credit limit. Further, some new schemes and programmes are introduced, and the manifesto targets the holistic development of the state. It focuses on agriculture, farmers, weavers, youth, DWCRA women, minorities, SC, ST, BC, industries, IT, health care, and education. Since, most of the schemes are already existing and fulfilled by the government, it can be concluded that those included in the manifesto will be implemented.
The YSRCP manifesto, Ravali Jagan Kavali Jagan, majorly includes the previously announced Navaratnalu or the nine promises and few new schemes are added. The promises made in the manifesto include: 9 hours of free day-time electricity for farmers, interest-free loans for farmers, free borewells for farmers, Rs 1 per unit electricity electricity for aqua farmers, Rs 3,000 pension for the old (60 years and above,) Rs 1,150 crore fund for agri gold victims, Amma Vodi scheme for child education, YSR aasara for DWCRA women, and Rs 7 lakh insurance for families of farmers who have committed suicide. Like TDP, YSRCP manifesto also focuses on aspects like agriculture, health care, employment, backward classes, and education.
However, the major talking points of YSRCP manifesto are: three-stage alcohol ban and the universal health/ Aarogyasri schemes. Previous governments have tried to impose a liquor ban and have failed. Therefore, its viability factor is questionable. Under the new Aarogyasri scheme, individuals with an annual income of up to Rs 5 lakhs can claim the benefits of the scheme for any medical expenses over Rs 1000 rupees and can access health care in any part of the country. This is a huge promise made by Jagan and experts are questioning its feasibility. Because to implement the schemes promised by YSRCP, the government needs around Rs 1.5 lakh crores and if Jagan wins and allies with the BJP, the state will not even receive quarter of the amount required. If the state will take a loan to fulfill the promises, the taxpayers will have to bear the brunt of it. Also, pumping in huge budgets into one scheme requires cutting down on others. In addition to that, there is a scope of misuse of public funds by hospitals. Most of the private hospitals might deliberately increase the billing amount above Rs 1,000 and try to mint money. Therefore, YSRCP manifesto is too good to be real.

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  1. people
    10 Apr, 2:31 pm

    Y are u worried about implementation on jagans schemes.. U haven\'t raise a single query on babus fake scheme..

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