AMARAVATI: TDP MLC and APNGOs former president P. Ashok Babu on Saturday accused the YCP government of launching a misinformation campaign to mislead the people of different castes on the welfare funds being spent for them from the State budget.
He said for the first time, the YCP regime was dividing budgetary figures along caste and religious lines in order to lure their respective votebanks rather than aiming at their overall welfare.
Addressing a press conference here, the TDP MLC said that no special allocations were made for Kapus since
Jaganmohan Reddy came to power but Minister Kanna Babu was making wrong claims of having spent Rs. 4,000 cr for the community. The Government was combining the amounts given under general welfare schemes like Rythu Bharosa, Vidya Deevena, etc. But, no funds have been given for Kapu Corporation. The previous TDP Government gave loans through this to help Kapu students study abroad.
Mr. Ashok Babu advised Minister Kanna Babu to speak on behalf of the Government but not as a representative of the Kapu caste associations. Till now, no Kapu association has appreciated the steps being taken by the Jagan Reddy government for the development or welfare of their community. This is enough to say that the Government’s costly publicity campaign through paper advertisements cannot mislead the people. The Chief Minister repeatedly says his rule would be above considerations of caste or religion but, in ground reality, the Government was dividing the people along caste lines for getting political benefits.
Mr. Ashok Babu said that there are over 50 lakh Kapus in the state but the Government gave Kapu Nestham benefit only to 2.38 lakh families. Many more Kapu families were struggling below the poverty line but they were not extended this benefit. The Government should publish a white paper on budget allocations for Kapus during 2018-`19 and 2019-`20 in terms of percentages but not confusing figures. Within the limited budget at that time, the TDP gave considerable funds for development of Kapus in education and self employmen