The Telangana CM called for a meeting of public representatives from the backward classes to discuss steps to be taken for the communities' upliftment.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Sunday said that the state government was ready to implement any action plan prepared by the public representatives belonging to the backward classes (BCs) for the welfare of the communities.
KCR held a meeting with the BC MPs, MLAs and MLCs at a committee hall on the Assembly premises on Sunday to discuss the measures to be taken for the development of the backward classes in the state.
At the meeting, the CM asked the public representatives to get in touch with all the sub-communities within the BCs to find out what more was needed to provide them a better standard of living.
He also wanted the public representatives to suggest how the BC Finance Commission and MBC Corporation should function to benefit the weaker sections.
The CM said that the state government had already formulated several schemes to help the BCs grow in the new state. As an example, he said, "Before the formation of Telangana state, there were only 19 residential schools for the BCs. We have opened 123 new residential schools. Through these schools, 91,520 students are getting quality education. The government is ready to further increase the number of residential schools."
The CM also added, "We have implemented the Kalyana Lakshmi scheme for the BCs which has helped their daughters. With the introduction of reservations in the market committees, BCs now have the chance of becoming chairman in 50% of the committees. We have also formed the MBC Finance Commission for the most backward classes."
"We have also launched sheep distribution with 75% subsidy. Within four months of its launch, 29.50 lakh sheep were distributed among 1.41 lakh families, and the target is to distribute sheep to 7.30 lakh families. The shepherd community in Telangana will be better off than those in the other states, and this will bring in a lot of change among the Golla Kuruma communities. We have also started distribution of fishlings with 100% subsidy. We are launching schemes and programs for the fishermen with Rs 5,000 crores. We will also provide the necessary help to the washermen community. Plans are also on to give financial assistance to the Nayi Brahmins to launch their hair dressing saloons," he further added.
Showcasing his egalitarian views to those in attendance, the Chief Minister said, "All sections of people in Telangana must be developed. The living standards of every section must be improved and no one should live with an inferiority complex. Every one must get equal rights. The public representatives must interact with people belonging to the weaker sections and make recommendations for their welfare. I will take the personal responsibility for implementing them."
Legislative Council chairman K Swamy Goud, Assembly Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary, Legislative Council Deputy Chairman N Vidyasagar, ministers Etela Rajender, T Srinivas Yadav, Jogu Ramanna and T Padma Rao, government whips B Venkateswarlu and Gampa Goverdhan, former union minister Bandaru Dattatreya, MPs K Keshav Rao, D Srinivas, Rapolu Anand Bhaskar, Boora Narasiah Goud and B B Patil, MLAs and MLCs belonging to the BC community from all political parties, BC Welfare Principal Secretary Ashok, Finance Principal Secretary Ramakrishna Rao and others participated in the meeting.