Free internet to students likely to figure in Congress manifesto for Telangana Assembly poll

A member of the Congress manifesto committee said modalities of free internet will be decided after talking to service providers.

Free internet to students likely to figure in Congress manifesto for Telangana Assembly poll Telangana Assembly election will be held on November 30. (Image: Officil)
Press Trust of India | Oct 16, 2023 - 3:30 p.m. IST
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HYDERABAD: Free internet to students, ten grams of gold to eligible women and Rs 1 lakh cash are some of the promises that are likely to figure in the Telangana Congress manifesto for the November 30 Assembly polls.

A member of the manifesto committee said the party is also planning to include free internet for students in the manifesto. "After coming to power we will talk to internet service providers and work out modalities," the member said.

According to D Sridhar Babu, chairman of the TPCC manifesto committee, the gold is in addition to Rs 1 lakh cash, under the party’s 'Mahalakshmi' guarantee. Presently, the BRS government, under Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubarak Schemes, offer one-time financial assistance of Rs 1,00,116 at the time of marriage for brides who are residents of Telangana, who have completed 18 years of age at the time of marriage and whose parental income does not exceed Rs 2 lakh per annum. "One tola (10 gms) of gold will be given. This (gold value) comes to about Rs 50,000 to 55, 000," Sridhar Babu told PTI.

When contacted Sravan Dasoju, BRS spokesperson said the Congress government in Karnataka is not able to implement their poll promises and they can promise anything under the moon. "Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, also known as KCR, is a pioneer in bringing out and implementing innovative policies and programmes for the poor which were never imagined by any other political party in independent India," Dasoju said.

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He further said BRS president Rao is known for generosity and, importantly, his compassion towards the poor and downtrodden. KCR on Sunday announced BRS manifesto promising LPG cylinder at Rs 400 and a rise in social pensions, countering the Congress party’s "six guarantees" for the Telangana polls. Under the 'Mahalakshmi' guarantee, the Congress promises to provide Rs 2,500 per month financial assistance to women, LPG cylinder at Rs 500, free travel for women in TSRTC buses across the state.

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