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Congress promises 24-hr water supply in all towns

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Development to go hand-in-hand with interests of poor



BIG PLANS: Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, and APCC president, K. Keshava Rao, releasing the Congress manifesto for the Municipal elections at Gandhi Bhavan in Hyderabad on Tuesday. — Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

HYDERABAD: The Congress has promised round-the-clock drinking water supply soon in all the municipalities in the State in its election manifesto for the municipal elections. Better roads, sanitation, housing and livelihood for the poor are the other promises.

The modified manifesto -- earlier it was to be municipality-wise document -- released by the Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, in the presence of the PCC president, K. Keshava Rao, and the AICC secretary, P. Sudhakar Reddy, lays emphasis on `an inclusive development policy.'

This meant comprehensive development of the towns and cities keeping the underprivileged sections' interests in mind, Dr. Reddy and Dr. Keshava Rao explained at a press conference.

No interference

The civic administration must be devoid of political interference and the Government would put the derailed urban administration back on rails, they said. Elaborating on the programmes planned for the economic uplift of the poor, they said houses, ration cards and house sites would be given to them.

Dr. Reddy said tap connections for just Rs. 1,200 and door-to-door collection of garbage were the other boons showered on the poor by the Congress Government. The effort of the party was to bring new meaning and content to democratic governance by identifying the real problems, he added.

Some of the other promises incorporated in the manifesto are old age homes in all corporations and municipalities, an ITI or polytechnic in all municipalities, artisan complexes, super bazaars and kerosene to all including to those with gas connections.

The PCC had planned to hold a video-conference with party leaders and candidates but it had to be cancelled due to technical problems. The Chief Minister, however, continued his teleconference on Tuesday by interacting with the Cuddapah district leaders between 5 a.m. to 7.30 a.m.

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