YSR Congress party president Y S Jagamohan Reddy on Thursday alleged that every welfare scheme introduced during the Y S Rajasekhar Reddy regime was going in reverse direction during the Chandrababu Naidu regime.
Addressing a large gathering as part of the Praja Sankalpa Yatra on Thursday, Jagan said whenever Naidu took over as the chief minister, the welfare schemes were ignored totally and this had been repeatedly proved.
“During his first term, Naidu had done away with Rs 2 kg subsidized rice schemes, prohibition and power subsidy to farmers. Instead, he had taken many anti-people decisions besides increasing the power and bus tariffs steeply,” he said.
But the welfare schemes were back after YSR came to power, as the latter had infused development into the state by bringing quality medicare and education within the reach of common man and providing a green cover through Jalayagnam besides building record number of houses for the poorer sections.
The Aarogyasri, Fees Reimbursement and land distribution to weaker sections has changed the standard of living of poorer sections of the society.
In 2014, after Chandrababu Naidu came back to power and his weight started increasing and the welfare schemes started vanishing or dwindling one after the other.
The housing has taken a back seat, land distribution was not talked about and land was taken away from weaker sections, Aarogyasri and Fees Reimbursemnet had been on the total ebb, no new jobs were created and contract workers were being sacked and hostels of weaker sections were closed down, he said.
Jagan found fault with Naidu for using police forces to crush the people’s movements.
“The Assembly was fortified with heavy police presence when farmers wanted to express their plight and they were arrested and were forced to give an undertaking that they would not participate in any further protests or raise their voice against the Government,” he alleged.