Sub-Plan to be amended to empower Dalits and Tribals socially, financially

Hyderabad: Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari has stressed the need for making amendments to the existing SC, ST Act 2013 and enabling it to introduce new welfare schemes for social inclusion and financial empowerment of Dalits and Tribals.

Srihari chaired a sub-committee meeting on Dalit and Tribals Sub-Plan on Monday at which the existing schemes were reviewed. Srihari said that it was decided to make amendments to the sub-plan and make it an Act as per Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s directive. With an in-depth study of Dalits and Tribals lifestyle, social and economic situations, a comprehensive sub-plan will be submitted to the government before the budget session in February, he said.

Efforts are being made by the government to see that the Dalits and Tribals become industrialists and get financial boost through loans and schemes. two more meetings will be conducted on February 4 and 10 to make suitable recommendations for the inclusive development of these two classes. The draft will have recommendations to empower the two classes become businessmen and entrepreneurs to offer jobs rather than relying on others, Srihari noted.

After the final meeting, the committee will submit its report to the government. Since Dalits and Tribals have been socially and economically lagging behind for decades, the TRS Government is determined to improve their social and economic conditions through empowerment, he averred.

The two classes will lose out if no changes are made to the existing Act that was passed by Punjab and the united Andhra Pradesh. The State Government is taking steps sought by the Centre to replace Plan and Non-Plan heads with Revenue Expenditure and Capital Expenditure, Srihari said. He said that sub-plan will be made an Act in the Assembly session. –NSS

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