Srinivasa Rao said that the Government has taken lakhs of youth for a ride by promising jobs or livelihood opportunities under Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu, the Chief Minister’s pet scheme. Although the Chief Minister promised to provide jobs to 15 lakh youth in three years, only four lakh of the 24 lakh applicants have been provided jobs even according to Government data. Youth recruited by business and industry both on college campuses and outside were included as Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu beneficiaries.
Srinivasa Rao said that the Lok Satta Party would conduct a round table meeting at all constituency headquarters on January 12, National Youth Day, by mobilizing all those who had been let down by the Chief Minister’s scheme. They could call toll free number 1800 4190877 and take part in the round table.
The State Lok Satta Party President disclosed that 100 percent of people in bastis have become liquor addicts according to a survey carried out by the party in the last one month. Thousands of women have become widows in their prime of life because of their spouses’ addiction to liquor. When the bread winner who earns Rs.200 a day passes away, the Government offers the widow a pittance of Rs.200 as monthly pension.
The Lok Satta would mobilize victims of Government’s flawed policies on January 30 and conduct a satyagraha, he said.
Srinivasa Rao refuted the TRS MLA’s charge that Lok Satta Party national President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan was against formation of Telngana. Long before the TRS was born, Dr. JP had in an article published in a prominent Telugu daily on November 6, 2000 argued that new States could be formed in response to people’s wishes and for administrative convenience but the process should be democratic and objective.
Most parties in Andhra Pradesh, he said, are indulging in double-speak. The YSR CP which once said the Center could carve out Telangana now claims to fight for a united State. The TRS which claims Telangana formation as its single-point program is trying to thwart it under some pretext on the other. Both the Congress and the TDP are speaking in two voices. In contrast, he said, it is only the Lok Satta which has taken a consistent stand.
In reply to the TRS question as to why Dr. JP had contested from Kukatpally, Srinivasa Rao said Dr. JP had settled in Hyderabad and chose Kukatpally as decided by the party. He challenged other party leaders to face Dr. JP in any constituency other than their pocket boroughs.
Lok Satta Party leaders P. Bhaskara Rao, M. Satyanarayana, Gorti Srinivas and M. Ramesh Babu took part in the media conference.