Hyderabad: The government is determined to use the entire allocation made for the welfare of Scheduled Castes in Telangana, SC Welfare and Power Minister G Jagadish Reddy said.
Addressing a review meeting at the Secretariat here on Monday with officials from different departments on the implementation of the Scheduled Castes Special Development Fund, the Minister said plans were in place for utilising the full budget allocated to the department. The funds must be used in the next 40 to 50 days as per the programmes and plans already in place, the Minister said.
The SC Welfare department was allocated Rs 14,375 crore this year of which Rs 6,689 crore have been spent so far, the Minister said. The 197 welfare schemes and programmes being implemented by the State government for SC welfare were already providing good result, he added.
The Telangana State Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Special Development Fund (Planning, Allocation, and Utilization of Financial Resources) Act 2017 has become a role model for other States, the Minister said, adding that many welfare schemes for these sections of the society that were limited to mere slogans in the past, have been made a reality by the Telangana State government.
For instance, in undivided Andhra Pradesh, the SC Study Circle was located only in Hyderabad but now, one such facility was located in every district headquarters. It was only after the expansion of the study circles that more than 100 Dalit students did well in competitive exams conducted by the government and received employment in the government. The review meeting was attended by 42 officials from different departments involved in SC welfare activities.
Among the officials were principal secretary finance Ramakrishna Rao, secretary SC Welfare Jyoti Buddha Prasad, special secretary education Ranjeev Tucker Acharya, TSWREIS secretary S Praveen Kumar, commissioner agriculture Jagan Mohan, SC Development Department director Karunakar and others.
Later, the Minister briefed reporters about the review meeting. Answering questions about the recent killing of local Congress leader Bodupalli Srinivas in Nalgonda district, Jagadish Reddy rejected allegations that the TRS MLA V Veeresham was involved in the incident.
“In fact, the Congress party has said that they had prior information about the threat to Srinivas’ life. If this was the case, why did that party or its leaders ever register a complaint with the police,” Jagadish Reddy asked. He also warned that when baseless allegations are levelled against the government, it would not take them lying down. He also said that in the next elections, Congress party would be wiped out from the State.