Hyderabad: ‘Development with equal distribution’ is the main agenda of the Telangana government, and to weed out disparities and denial of opportunities for SCs/STs, minorities and other weaker sections of society is the priority, Finance Minister Etala Rajender said on Friday.
Replying to a short discussion on development of SCs and STs in the Legislative Council, Rajender said it was with this objective that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao decided to allocate more funds for these sections and implement the SC/ST Sub Plan in letter and spirit.
Stating that the Centre considered the Telangana government as the role model in designing and implementing welfare programmes, he said the State government was committed to spending Rs 1 lakh crore on the welfare of weaker sections (Rs 50,000 crore for SCs, Rs 25,000 crore for BCs, Rs 20,000 crore for STs and Rs 5,000 crore for minorities).
The Minister said three acres of fertile land would be distributed to all the beneficiaries. The government has spent Rs 405 crore in the past two years to procure 9,000 acres for this purpose. “The government has identified education as a crucial element for uplift of SCs, STs, BCs and minorities. If proper education is provided to them, they will turn into assets for the nation and State,” Rajender said.
Speaking about the framing of SC/ST sub-plan rules and constitution of the apex body with Chief Minister as its chairman, the Minister said the rules would be framed soon and separate commissions for SCs and STs would also be constituted. “All the welfare schemes initiated by the government for the betterment of SCs and STs would also be put on the fast track, and in case the sub-plan amount is not sufficient, the State government is ready to allocate more funds,” he said.
Leader of Opposition Md Shabbir Ali and P Sudhakar Reddy (Congress) wanted the government to stop alleged diversion of sub-plan funds to other schemes and ensure that it is used only for the welfare of SCs and STs. N Ramchadra Rao (BJP) and Syed Altaf Hyder Razi (MIM) wanted reservations in promotions and proper coaching for SCs and STs students in study circles with good faculty.