10,000 Acres To Be Distributed Among SCs This Year: Jadeshwar Reddy

Hyderabad: Scheduled Castes Development & Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy has stated the State government would distribute 10,000 acres to the SCs under three-acre land for SCs during the financial year and the Chief Minister has directed the district Collectors in this regard.

Participating in the discussion on Scheduled Caste development demand on Friday in the Legislative Assembly, the minister said that the government was striving for development of the Dalits in several ways and introducing effective schemes than previous governments.

Stating that the state government sticks to the development of the Dalits, the minister said that the state government was enhancing the Budget for the SCs. He revealed that the state government released Rs 2020 crore for the fees reimbursement. The government was initiating steps to see that every paisa allocated to the Dalits to be spent for the sake of them.

BC Welfare Minister Jogu Ramanna said the State government was fulfilling all the assurances mentioned in the manifesto. The government increased the amount to the BCs, who were pursuing their education in foreign countries. Speaking on the demands, Ramanna said that the state government has given Rs 60 crore for the 300 BC students. He said that the state government was implementing the Kalyana Laxmi Scheme for the marriage of girls of poor families. The government has already given cash to 20,921 families under Kalyana Laxmi scheme.

Earlier, Opposition leaders SA Sampath Kumar (Congress), Sunnam Rajaiah, R Krishnaiah (TD), Ahmed Balala (MIM) spoke on the demand. Sunnam Rajaiah asked the state government not to include new castes in the STs and establish residential degree colleges for girls in tribal areas. R Krishnaiah has said that the state government allocated Rs 1000 crore for the not identified MBCs but the same government failed to allocate adequate funds to the identified BCs. There was no mention of federations, he said and demanded the state government to increase the budget to the BC Study Circles.

TRS MLA Rasamayi Balakishan has made it clear that the CM was striving for the rural development with the inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi. The situation could not be like now in case the Congress governments had taken interest for the development of the Dalits. (NSS)

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