Yadadri-Bhongir: Wednesday turned out to be an unforgettable day for the residents of Dalit wada in Vasalamarri village as Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao personally visited every household and interacted with them. He had not only enquired about their whereabouts and well-being, but also listened to their woes patiently.
He had also assured all help for their socio-economic development through the Telangana Dalit Bandhu and other government schemes.
Upon his arrival to their colony, women from Dalit families traditionally welcomed the Chief Minister with Mangala Harathi and applied Tilak on his forehead. Accompanied by Rajya Sabha member J Santhosh Kumar, MLC Goretti Venkanna, Alair MLA Gongidi Sunitha and district Collector Pamela Satpathy, the Chief Minister visited every house in the locality which comprises 60 families for nearly four hours, notwithstanding the drizzle.
Chandrashekhar Rao also enquired the elderly people of the Dalit wada whether they were receiving old-age pensions under Aasara scheme. He instructed the district Collector to sanction pensions immediately to eligible old-age persons in the colony. He enquired the elderly women whether they were saving any amount from the monthly pension.
When about 20 beedi workers brought to his notice that they were not getting Beedi workers’ pensions, he asked the officials to sanction pension to all of them within two or three days. “I stayed in the house of a beedi worker during my student life and I am well aware of your problems”, he told them as the latter tried to explain about their woes further.
The Chief Minister also explained to the families about the Telangana Dalit Bandhu scheme and wanted to know what they would do with Rs 10 lakh to bring a qualitative change in their lives. Some of the Dalit families told him that they would use the money to set up a dairy farm and businesses, or purchase tractor to improve their livelihood.
Moved by the plight of several houses being constructed with mud walls in the colony, he entered a few houses and interacted with the family members to learn about their living conditions as well as reasons for not taking up repairs. Some women complained to the Chief Minister that rainwater was entering into their houses as the road was at a higher level than their houses. He reacted swiftly and instructed the District Collector to take up measures to solve the issue in the colony. He also directed the District Collector to prepare a plan for construction of double-bedroom houses for the families with proper drainage system and internal roads.
Later, the Chief Minister had his lunch at the residence of village sarpanch P Anjaneylu and left for Hyderabad. The police made elaborate security arrangements for the Chief Minister’s visit to Vasalamarry. Even the political leaders, whose name was not in the permitted persons list, were not allowed to the village. Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagawath personally supervised the security arrangements at the village.
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