The Rythu Bandhu scheme by TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who is said to be wanting to enter national politics, is helping him build his image at the national level.
Mr Rao often resorts to Telangana slang in his public speeches and this goes down particularly well in rural areas. During tours of the districts, he peppers his speeches with local slang which no other politician does.
For a more national audience, Mr Rao’s sho-wpiece is the investment subsidy under Rythu Bandhu scheme, which has generated much debate nationally.
In the Karnataka Assembly elections, the BJP’s election manifesto copied many of Mr Rao’s schemes.
Mission Bhagiratha, Mission Kakatiya, double-bedroom houses for the poor and the prestigious Kaleswaram irrigation project have been praised in many quarters. No state has implemented such schemes and though their effect on the state’s coffers remains to be seen, Mr Rao has attracted attention at national level for putting them into practice.
In the farming sector, the TRS government is providing 24×7 power supply free of cost. Apart from the investment subsidy of Rs 4,000 per acre per crop, irrigation projects will supply water to one crore acres in the state.
Under Mission Bhagiratha, the state government wants to supply safe drinking water to every household not only in urban areas but also in rural areas before the next elections. Already some areas of the state are getting drinking water under Mission Bhagiratha.