Hyderabad: Buddhavanam Project Special Officer Mallepalli Laxmaiah filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the High Court on Wednesday appealing to the cout to issue orders suspending the impugned orders issued by Election Commission of India (ECI) deferring the implementation of Dalit Bandhu scheme in poll-bound Huzurabad Assembly constituency.
Laxmaiah said Dalit Bandhu scheme was not a new scheme and the State government was implementing it since early this year. Finding fault with BJP for approaching ECI, he said the move was unethical and undemocratic. “BJP has been dubbed as an anti-Dalit and anti-BC party. For the past seven years, the BJP government has not announced any welfare scheme for BCs and the downtrodden,” Laxmaiah said.
He further said the State government had made budgetary sanction of Rs.1,000 crore for Dalit Bandhu scheme under Dalit Empowerment on March 18 this year. This allocation was made after an all-party meeting presided over by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on June 27 this year, long before the by-election was announced in Huzurabad, he pointed out.
the scheme was first introduced in Vasalamarri village in Yadadri-Bhongir on August 5 and Rs 7.60 crore was released by the government. It was later launched in Huzurabad constituency on August 16 as a pilot project. Early this week, as part of the scheme, the government released Rs 250 crore for implementation of the scheme in four more constituencies, he explained.
“To consider implementation of Dalit Bandhu scheme as violation of Modal Code of Conduct (MCC) is arbitrary. It is an underhand move by elements to lay roadblocks for development schemes to alleviate financial hardships faced by Dalit population,” said Laxmaiah. If BJP considers implementation of Dalit Bandhu as MCC violation, then all other welfare and development programmes introduced in the past and being implemented successfully in the State should also be deferred in Huzurabad, he added.
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