TS to convene SC, ST Legislators meet
- To discuss Sub-Plan issue
- Srihari assures rules will be prepared
- Congress members clash with ministers
HYDERABAD: The Telangana State Government has made it clear that it will prepare a comprehensive Act on SC, ST Sub-Plan after discussing all the issues related to the Plan, convening a meeting with the SC and ST Members of the House irrespective of political affiliation.
Participating in a Short Discussion on SC, ST Sub-Plan in the Telangana Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, Deputy Chief Minister Kadium Srihari said that the government will implement the existing SC, ST Sub-Plan Act as it is till amendments are made according to Andhra Pradesh Re-organization Act. Srihari said that according to Andhra Pradesh Re-organization Act, the State has an option to amend and adopt the Act with amendments to the convenience of the new Telangana State. “Till then the existing Act will be implemented as it is”, Srihari said.
Earlier, the Congress Members Dr J Geetha Reddy, Sampath Kumar and Mallu Bhatti Virkamarka alleged that the State Government is not implementing the SC, ST Sub-Plan properly and allotting meager budget to the Plan in the new State. The BJP floor leader Dr K Laxman demanded the government to set up a Nodal Agency to implement the SC, ST Sub-Plan properly.
Initiating the discussion, Geetha Reddy said that the State Government is not implementing the Plan properly and not allotting the funds adequately. She alleged that she is in shock when the Government is saying that the latter will adopt the SC, ST Sub-Plan.
Reacting to Geetha Reddy’s allegation, Srihari explained that the Government will amend some issues which are not suitable to the Telangana State. Then Geetha Reddy demanded the Deputy Minister to state clearly whether the government adopted the Plan or not, and if not complete the process very soon.
Responding to Geetha Reddy, Srihari said that as per AP Re-organisation Act, many Acts are in force and SC, ST Sub-Plan is also in force. He said that there is a need to make some modifications to the SC, ST Sub-Plan including the suggestions of the members in the House and after that it will be adopted. “Our Government is committed to overall development of Dalits. The Government will frame rules to implement the Plan”, he said. He also clarified that the budget proposals may be different with the realization and the practice is very common in all Governments.
Congress floor leader K Jana Reddy said that 80 percent of the proposed budget was realized during previous Congress regime, but the present Government proposed Rs.48,000 crores as plan budget during 2014-15 but realization was only 60 percent i.e. Rs.25,000 crores and it was far away from the proposed budget.
Participating in the debate, CPM lone Member Sunnam Rajaiah suggested to the government that the SC, ST Sub-Plan should be implemented even in towns and the funds allotted to the Plan be spent on agriculture, Housing and other sectors, for Daliths.
At this juncture, Kadium Srihari said that the Chief Minister is very keen on the development of the SCs and STs and the Government will convene a meeting with the SC and ST MLAs of the House, on the Plan and will discuss all issues related to the Plan and the Government will prepare a comprehensive Act with the outcome of the meeting.
Once again Jana Reddy took the opportunity to speak on the issue and said that the Act is already in force but not implemented properly and hence the Congress party is lodging protesting, and he was sitting in protest.
At this juncture, MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi questioned the government as to why the government is not implementing the Plan though it was mentioned in the AP Re-organisation Act.
Intervening, Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy countered Vikramarka and said that the Opposition parties are misleading the House to make the TRS Government unpopular, with ulterior motives.
Panchayat Raj Minister K T Rama Rao alleged that the Congress MLAs have no respect towards their floor leader. They are once again raising the issue after their floor leader Jana Reddy sat in protest against the Government in regard to implementation of the Plan. “It is not proper to the Congress members”, he said.
At this point of time, Akbaruddin raised an objection stating that the Home Minister has no right to speak on any issue except his Ministry, because he is an MLC and sought ruling of the Chair on this issue.
Srihari said that as per Constitution, every Cabinet Minister has the right to speak on any issue. He also made it clear that the government allocated funds to the Plan in the last budget and in present budget as per AP Reorganisation Act. He made it clear that he was not misleading the House. He alleged that the Congress government prepared the Plan Act unwisely KT Rama Rao said that the Home Minister has every right to speak on any issue. The SC, ST Sub-Plan is related to every Ministry.
Vikramarka said that the Congress Government prepared the SC, ST Sub-Plan with ‘heart’, but the TRS Government is not implementing the Plan. More so, the government is not answering properly and trying to adopt escapist attitude, he said adding the
Huzurabad MLA Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the Congress party is a 130 year old political party having full freedom and it is not a family run party. He said that it is unfortunate that the House is discussing on such an important issue like SC, ST Sub-plan but the Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has not turned up.