There is a saying in Telugu – “Kondantha Raagam Teesi Pichakuntla Paata paadinattu..” (Singing a silly song after playing a lengthy tune). It applies to those who comes out with a silly announcement after making a grand publicity.This applies to Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu perfectly.
In his 2014 election manifesto, Naidu announced that he would give unemployment allowance to those who did not get jobs. In the last four years, he has completely forgot implementing this promise.Occasionally, he used to reiterate his promise saying his government was working out the modalities in implementing the unemployment allowance promise and that it was studying various models.
At one stage, Naidu’s office also leaked the information to the media that the government would give the allowance of Rs 2,000 per month for a post-graduate, Rs 1,500 for a graduate and Rs 1,000 for a person who passed out intermediate and is applicable to the unemployed in the age group of 18-40 years.But finally on Thursday night, Naidu came up with the scheme which has virtually offered peanuts to the unemployed.
The cabinet, which approved the scheme, decided that it is applicable to only those who are at least graduates in the age group of 22 to 35 years. And the monthly allowance to be given to each unemployed graduate or post-graduate is just Rs 1,000!The only relief is that the scheme is applicable to more than one member in a family, if all of them are unemployed.
According to Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh, there are 10 lakh unemployed in the State and the scheme will add an additional burden of Rs 1,200 crore per annum.
Is it not cheating, Mr Naidu?