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TDP manifesto focuses on rural transformation

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Hyderabad , March 10

THE Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, has said that the party would identify backward areas for focussed development and allocate Rs 60,000 crore towards transformation of rural economy and usher in green revolution.

Road maps for the overall development of backward areas would be prepared and special programmes taken up on the basis of the reports. This would mean the creation of a council for development of backward areas also, he said.

Releasing the party manifesto for the upcoming State Assembly and general elections, the TDP President and caretaker Chief Minister, Mr Naidu, said while agriculture and allied sectors, micro-irrigation, water conservation and management would involve an outlay of Rs 40,000 crore, the rural infrastructure covering drinking water, roads and sanitation would need Rs 15,000 crore and rural electrification Rs 5,000 crore.

Referring to human resource development, the manifesto stated that the State would achieve 100 per cent literacy by the year 2006 with a commitment to free and compulsory education up to the age of 15 years. With regard to poverty alleviation, 30 lakh BPL (below poverty line) households in rural areas and 10 lakh BPL households in the urban areas would be brought above the poverty line.

The TDP projected that additional 4,110 MW would be generated during the next five years and gas-based projects encouraged in the private sector.

While road density would be increased, about Rs 12,284 crore would be invested on road development and upgradation of National Highway 7 into 4-lane to be completed by 2007.

Seventy five thousand km of rural roads would be upgraded into black top, 51000 km of State roadways to be upgraded to national highways.

The party promises to enhance e-seva facilities and rural service delivery points across the State. Every village would have the facility of a telephone and a cell phone, and call centres would handle grievances of people.

To make Andhra Pradesh the most attractive destination for investment, a special fund to provide infrastructure would be created with a corpus of Rs 100 crore and Netha Bazars or weavers markets would be started to employ about 7.35 lakh weavers.

The manifesto seeks to control the extremism problem by a coordinated effort with neighbouring States.

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