Educate Your kids To Earn More, Dalits Told
Hyderabad: State SC Residential Schools secretary RS Praveen Kumar has said that the Dalits could develop only with education and they need books but not beer bottles. He asked Dalits to come forward to encourage their children, who used to beat drums (Dappu) with their hands, to earn dollars with the same hands.
Participating as chief guest in a meeting organised at the LB Stadium by the State SC Development Department on Wednesdayon the occasion of Dr Babu Jagjeevan Ram’s 110th birth anniversary celebrations, Praveen Kumar said development will be possible only with education and opined that there was no need for the children of those who were in higher positions.
“How we can be still Dalits as the children scaled mountain Everest though they got birth as SCs”, he asked. He, who strived to earn money with education, said that he was in a higher position and he was now spending Rs 1 lakh for the development of SC students every month.
He said that from March 15 to April 14, the SC Residential Schools observe as holy month by celebrating the birth anniversaries of Dalit leaders like Kanshiram, Babu Jagjeevan Ram, Baburao Phule, Savitri Phule, Dr BR Ambedkar and others.
He said that the students will get up at 5 am and read the books written by those great Dalit leaders and try to tell good things to others. He said that the Telangana state government was contemplating to launch 15,000 residential schools to the SC, ST, BC and Minorities’ children across the state and it was a unique step.
The government will spend Rs 1 lakh per year on every student who is pursuing education in those residential schools. He suggested SC, ST, BC and Minorities to utilise the opportunity provided by the state government.
Dr Babu Jagjeevan Ram birth anniversary celebrations committee organising chairman Dandu Surender Madiga presided over the programme. Dalit leaders — Vangapally Ramesh, State MRPS leaders R Bhaskar, JB Raju and others participated in the programme.
Telangana Cultural Artiste Gidda Ramanarsaiah and others sung songs on Dalit leaders including Babu Jagjeevan Ram. The organisers have introduced the Sharanam Gacchami Telugu film unit to the meeting.