Hyderabad, February 24: Admitting that the state government was not in a position to immediately implement the promises made by the Congress in its 2009 election manifesto, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah has said they would endeavour to fulfil them in the next four years.
“The promises we made in the election manifesto like enhancing free power supply duration to the farm sector from seven to nine hours and subsidised rice at Rs 2 per kg to BPL families from 20 kg to 30 kg per month are for a period of five years.
So, we will fulfil them according to convenience,” Rosaiah said while replying to the discussion in the Assembly today on the motion of thanks to the Governors address. Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu derided the government for failing to keep its election-eve promises, forcing the Chief Minister to come out with a clarification.
Both the key promises were supposed to be implemented from October 2009 but a series of factors like non-availability of power and reduction in rice quota by the Centre have led to the postponement of the schemes.
The Chief Minister said the Centre imposed a cut of 35,000 tonnes in its rice quota whereas the state sought an additional quota of 1.75 lakh tonnes over and above the monthly quota of 3.5 lakh tonnes.