Telangana Assembly elections: BSP announces manifesto; focus on educating and skilling youth

The party promised washing machines and smartphones for women workers, health insurance for families, and an increase in daily wages.

ByDeepika Pasham

Published Oct 17, 2023 | 10:58 PMUpdatedOct 17, 2023 | 10:59 PM

Telangana BSP leaders on Tuesday, 17 October, 2023, release the party manifesto for the 30 November Assembly elections in the state.

The Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) Telangana unit president RS Praveen Kumar, on Tuesday, 17 October, announced the Bahujan Bharosa Manifesto for the upcoming Assembly elections in the state.

The announcement came during a meeting at the Sundarayya Vignana Kendra in the Bagh Lingampally area of Hyderabad.

The BSP, it may be noted, has already announced its first list of candidates for the elections, which are scheduled for 30 November.

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Training and jobs the focus

At the manifesto launch, the party promised free driving training for women workers and also assured 10 lakh jobs for the youth in the next five years. It said 50 percent of these jobs would be provided to women.

Praveen Kumar released the party manifesto under the name of Bahujan Bharosa.

Speaking on the occasion, Praveen said, “There are lakhs of youth waiting for job opportunities. We met farmers, artisans, and other sections of society to make the manifesto.”

He added: “The people of Telangana can read the full manifesto by scanning the QR code on our website’s Bahujan Bharosa Manifesto tab. They can also contact the BSP on a toll-free number to suggest changes to the manifesto as we call the current one a provisional manifesto.”

He also said, “The schemes will address the criminal working culture of the Telangana State Public Service Commission and we will be releasing jobs, unlike other political parties.”

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Bahujan Bharosa Manifesto

The manifesto focuses primarily on education and jobs.

Shri Kantha Chary: The current TSPSC will be dismissed. Five lakh youth will be trained as multi-tasking staff. In an attempt to bridge the gap, the youth who are unable to land government jobs will be given business opportunities. There will also be a law to restrict paper leakage. In 33 districts, there will be one Sainik school.

Phule Education: Students will have 50 percent seats in RTC buses and the metro reserved for them. 100 students from Classes 8 to 12 will be sent to foreign countries (paid for by the government). Coding and artificial intelligence lessons will be made mandatory subjects.

Jambava Student Spark Centre: There will be reading and coaching centres in 12,000 villages. Students will get 10,000 online courses and the Spark Centre will have free Wi-Fi and computer systems.

Bahujan Rythu Dhima: This includes purchase at minimum support price for each crop and accurate government subsidy to farmers from seed to sale. The BSP also vowed to cancel the Dharani portal.

Chakali Ailamma Mahila Jyoti: Free washing machine, smartphone, and driving training for women workers and farmers. Regularisation of Anganwadi employees and Asha workers. Annually, ₹1 lakh for women groups.

Bheem Raksha Kendras: Free hostel, food, and medical services for the elderly. Support for disabled and single women in Raksha Kendras.

Blue Job Card: 150-day employment guarantee in rural and urban areas. Daily wages will be hiked to ₹350 per day. Free transport, health, and life insurance for labourers.

Hundred Years Health Guarantee: Each family will be given a ₹15 lakh health insurance package. Annually, ₹25,000 crore will be set aside for the nutrition and food budget.

Migrant Workers Welfare Fund: ₹5,000 crore funds for Gulf Workers Welfare Board, accommodation for migrant workers, 600 subsidised canteens for gig workers, and lorry and taxi drivers.

Shaikh Bandagi Home Assurance: 550 sq space for the homeless. For house builders, ₹6 lakhs in aid, ₹1 lakh assistance for house renovation.

Doddi Komaraiah Land Rights: One acre of land for every landless poor family, held in the name of women.

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