CLP asks CM to release Rs 20,000 cr lapsed funds to SC, ST Sub-Plan
Hyderabad: CLP Deputy Leader T Jeevan Reddy has demanded that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao allot lapsed SC, ST Sub-Plan funds totaling Rs 20,000 crores as special funds in the coming budget. He also wants allocation of 25.4 percent of the budget to the SC, ST Sub-Plan for the year 2017-18 and the State government release the funds every quarter and spend them properly.
Speaking to the media at Assembly Media Hall here on Friday along with Alampur MLA SA Sampath Kumar, Jeevan Reddy said the Chief Minister was giving an impression that he was doing a lot for the welfare of SCs and STs. But in practice, he was doing nothing for them. He also alleged that Rs 20,000-crore funds meant for SC, ST Sub-Plan lapsed due to non-allocation in the budget for the same.
The Chief Minister was “deceiving” the SCs and STs by not allocating funds for them though the State government supposed to allocate funds on the basis of SC and ST population. He also alleged that the Chief Minister was not releasing funds for the Sub-Plan properly and it attracts criminal case under Section 420 against KCR. He also said it was not possible to the State government to carry forward the funds without releasing them for SC, ST Sub-Plan.
Bhatti sees conspiracy
Meanwhile, Congress MLA Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka alleged that the State government was hatching a conspiracy to delay the implementation of the Sub-Plan in the name of amendments to the Act.
Speaking to the media after the SC Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari on Friday, Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka opined that there was no need to bring a new Act and made it clear that the Congress would not accept if the TRS government brings a new Act on the Sub-Plan. He said the change of name was enough and the name should be SC Special Development Fund.
It was atrocious on the part of the TRS government as it has not yet prepared rules, he said and demanded that the government spend the allocated funds, which remained unspent for the last three years. –NSS