KTR refutes Congress’ claims on job creation, says campaign against KCR is all hogwash

The BRS leader was speaking to the media persons before campaigning ended for the by-election for the Telangana Legislative Council from the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda Graduates' Constituency.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published May 25, 2024 | 6:06 PMUpdatedMay 25, 2024 | 6:06 PM


BRS working president KT Rama Rao on Saturday, 25 May, sought to impress the unemployed youth that contrary to the Congress’ campaign that no government jobs were filled during the 10 year-rule of KCR, as many as 1,60,083 government jobs were filled.

He was speaking to the  media persons a few hours before campaigning ended for the by-election for the Telangana Legislative Council from the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda Graduates’ Constituency.

The BRS leader said that during KCR’s 10-year rule, administrative sanction was given for 2,32,308 jobs of which notifications were issued for 2,02,735 jobs.

Of them, 1,60,083 jobs were filled while recruitment for filling the remaining 42,652 was in varying stages of finalization when BRS demitted office in December last year.

KTR said that Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy, has however, been bragging that he had filled 30,000 jobs within months of coming to power in the state.

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‘KCR translated Telangana dream into reality’

“I demand that he specify the dates on which the notifications were issued and recruitment was made for the 30,000 posts. In fact they were all finalized when the BRS was in power,” KTR said.

“Revanth Reddy, after coming to power, issued appointment letters to the youth for those jobs, as though he had supervised the entire process of recruitment, he said.

KTR, recalling several milestones achieved in filling government vacancies under the erstwhile BRS regime, said that KCR had translated the Telangana dream into reality by according top priority for employment generation.

“The result is that Telangana stands apart from all other states where 95 percent of the jobs went to Telangana locals only. We went to the president of India and got his assent for reservation of 95 percent of jobs to the Telangana locals for the posts of attender to the gazetted officer,” he asserted.

“Let the Congress or the BJP explain if there is any state in the country which had done the way the Telangana had done for easing unemployment problem” KTR dared.

KTR said that in contrast, from 2004 to 2014 when the Congress was in power in the undivided Andhra Pradesh, the number of jobs filled in the entire state including Andhra and Rayalaseema was 24,086 only.

“If we assume that 42 percent of the jobs went to Telangana youths, it works to only 10,000 at the rate of 1,000 jobs per year,” he said.

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‘Publicity too is important’

The BRS leader said that KCR had encouraged the private sector with the intention of helping the youths to get jobs there.

“Through TS-iPAS, we had facilitated setting up of 24,000 industries with an investment of ₹4 lakh crore. This has led to 24 lakh youths get jobs,” he said.

“If we add the jobs in the government sector, the total vacancies filled reaches 26.3 lakh jobs. Is there any state which had given jobs to the youths more than we did in Telangana?” KTR asked.

The BRS leader also dared the ruling Congress whether it could prove the existence of such a state, he was ready to resign from Assembly.

KTR said the BRS had lost the Assembly elections not because it did not perform well but due to its inability in advertising the fact.

“We assumed that there was no need for any publicity for the good work we had done because the youth were already in jobs drawing monthly salaries. But now we have become wiser that publicity too is important,” he said.

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Training guns at Congress government

Training his guns at the Revanth Reddy administration, KTR sought to ridicule him for not issuing even one notification after he became the chief minister.

“Even the Group I notification that we had issued was withdrawn and a fresh notification was issued by adding a mere 60 posts. Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka went on record in the Assembly that the Congress had never promised unemployment allowance though Congress General secretary Priyanka Gandhi made an announcement to this effect while releasing the youth Declaration of the Congress party,” he said.

The BRS leader said that Revanth Reddy was trying to undo all the initiatives that the BRS government had taken up for increasing employment in the state.

“We had developed pharma city for creation of five lakh jobs but Revanth Reddy after coming to power had cancelled it and announced that he would promote real estate business there. How could there be a real estate business without a boom in the industry,” he asked.

He said that in the state, the government was now collecting “Bhatti, Revanth and Uttam Tax” know as BRU tax.

“We used to have BRU coffee in the past but now we have BRU tax,” he said, describing the three leaders as tigers who had turned into man eaters. “They are plundering the state to the extent possible,” he said.

KTR said it pained him to watch Tech Mahindra which opened its office in Warangal getting ready to pack its bag and leave Telangana.

Already several companies have left the state. “We had done a lot for the growth of IT industry. The NASSCOM and STPI statistics show that the IT exports by December 2023 were about 2.4 lakh crore which were only ₹53,000 crore in 2014 when the BRS came to power,” the BRS leader recalled.

IT employees numbered 9,00,800 by May last year compared to 3,50,000 in 2014, he said, adding that the figures themselves speak to the success story of Telangana.

(Edited by Shauqueen Mizaj)