Addressing a huge gathering of students and youths in a programme organised by the Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA) in Tirupathi on Thursday to mark the World Disabled Day, mega star-turned politician Chiranjeevi described his present political stint as the second half in the movie of his ‘real life’. "In the first half of my life’s movie, I donned enough roles and won the hearts of all. I am now in the second half," he said.
The actor alleged that the State Government failed to safeguard the interests of the disabled. He said not even 3% of the budget outlay was allocated for the disabled welfare. There was a huge backlog of posts reserved for the disabled in various government departments.
"The ruling Congress, which is claiming credit for increasing the pension for the disabled from Rs. 200 to Rs. 500, seems to be unaware of the disabled welfare programmes being implemented in other States. Puducherry is paying a monthly pension of Rs. 1,250 to the disabled. The Congress Government has limited itself to comparing its welfare initiatives with the TDP regime," the PRP president said.