‘Free Drone Pilot Training and Placement to Christians and Muslims’: Another appeasement plan by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Reddy, BJP leader shares poster ocn news

The YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government of Andhra Pradesh has started a drone pilot project, which has been targeted by state BJP general secretary Vishnu Vardhan Reddy. He took to Twitter to explain how the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government has reportedly started a drone pilot training program only for people from two minority communities.

According to the poster shared by the BJP leader, the course is being offered by the Drone Institute of Technology (DIT) in Andhra Pradesh. In the advertisement containing the candidates of offline courses, it has been said to provide free training and placement only to Christian and Muslim candidates.

Questioning Andhra CM’s anti-Hindu bias, the BJP leader tweeted, “Everyone has equal rights on resources then why Andhra Pradesh CM has kept training exclusively for students from only 2 communities? This may lead to communal tension, Andhra government is playing very dirty politics with our students. They should withdraw this decision.”

In the poster shared by the BJP leader, it can be seen that there is a picture of CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy with the emblem of Andhra Pradesh. It mentions in bold letters that the course has been offered free training in drone flying and subsequent free placements only for Christians and Muslims. In this, two numbers have also been given for questioning, on which OpIndia called when they were inaccessible.

It is noteworthy that for a long time, opposition parties have been accusing YS Jagan Reddy, who comes from the Christian community, of spending heavily on Christians. It is alleged that ever since Jagan Mohan Reddy became the CM of the state, he has been promoting conversions. Andhra CM’s anti-Hindu bias and his soft stand on conversions add to minority appeasement. Experts have expressed concern over this.

Poster shared by BJP leader

Last year itself, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) had issued a notice to the Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh seeking a report on the action taken against forced conversions of the Scheduled Caste (SC) community in the state. The NCSC had taken this cognizance following a January 2020 letter from Hindu legal-activist groups ‘Legal Rights Protection Manch’ and SC-ST Adhikar Manch, and an NGO.

Similarly, in 2019, the Jagan government increased the financial assistance given to Christian pilgrims visiting Jerusalem from Rs 40,000 to Rs 60,000 for those with an annual income of up to Rs 3 lakh. At the same time, the assistance given to those earning more than Rs 3 lakh annually has been increased to Rs 30,000. Along with this, in August 2019, he had announced an honorarium of Rs 5,000 per month to Christian priests.

According to the 2011 Census, Christians constitute about 1.4% of the total population in the state, however, the number is now estimated to be higher due to conversions.