YSR lists steps for BC welfare
Refers to four-fold hike in budget for BC students
Priority for SHGs comprising backward class women
Hanumantha Rao seeks adequate party ticket for BCs
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Friday said by increasing the budgetary allocation for Backward Class students from Rs. 348 crore in 2004 to Rs. 1,300 crore now, the government showed that it believed in deeds and not merely words.
Speaking at a function organised by the BC Welfare Department to commemorate the death anniversary of social reformer Jyothi Rao Phule, Dr. Reddy obliquely referred to other political parties’ claims and said the Congress alone could ensure benefits reached them.
Realising that education played a key role in shaping the careers of the underprivileged, the government was spending a lot, he said. It has been releasing scholarship amounts and reimbursing the fees that covered all professional courses, pharmacy, MBA and MCA courses. In all 300 girls’ hostels have been built, one each in every constituency, unparalleled in the country.
Dr. Reddy said 53 per cent of the Rs. 11,500 crore allocations for women’s self help groups have gone to backward class women. He later released a brochure on the various schemes initiated for the BCs and presented scholarship amounts and awards to best managed hostels.
A poor orphan girl student, Manemma, said she was pursuing her post graduation, thanks to her admission into Government welfare hostel in Karimnagar.
V. Hanumantha Rao, Rajya Sabha member and convener of OBC MPs Forum, wanted the Congress to give adequate number of tickets for BCs all over the country to prevent “repeat of Uttar Pradesh where the BSP and the Samajawadi Party took away all the Congress votes.” Not merely economic benefits, BCs wanted share in political power, he added.
Chief Minister promises to transform Telangana
GAJWEL (Medak District):
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajaskhara Reddy on Friday urged the people to re-elect the Congress Party to complete major irrigation projects like Pranahita–Chevella in the next five years.
Addressing a public meeting here after inaugurating a 400 KV sub-station at Kodakandal and laying the foundation stone to canal works of Pranahita –Chevella, Dr. Reddy said that a lot of commitment and courage was needed to take up such irrigation projects and only the Congress could do it.
“When we are able to spend around Rs. 46,000 crore on irrigation projects in the last four-and-half years, it is not impossible to spend another Rs. 92,000 crore in the next five years, in which Pranahita- Chevella (Rs. 38,500 crore) will be a part. Bless us and strengthen our hands to complete these projects,” he said.
Describing the Pranahita –Chevella project as an ornament (‘maniharam’) for Telangana, he promised to transform Telangana districts. “Irrigation will be provided to 16.5 lakh acres through this project covering eight districts in the region. Has any politician in the past given thought to such a project,” the Chief Minister asked. Ridiculing the criticism by opposition parties against such projects, he wondered whether there was any way out other than taking up lift irrigation projects to irrigate upland areas.
YSR to launch ‘smart card’ scheme tomorrow
For the first time in the country, monthly pensions for the aged, widows and physically challenged in Krishna district will be distributed through ‘smart card’ system from December. Under this, beneficiaries of these pensions would be given special electronic cards, by using which they could withdraw their pension from ATMs.
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will launch the scheme at a programme to be held at Jubilee Hall in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Krishna district Collector N. Sridhar said on Friday that the pilot scheme was supposed to be launched in Krishna district, but the venue had to be shifted to the State capital in view of the Chief Minister’s inability to visit the district ahead of the commencement of the five-day session of the Legislative Assembly from December 1.
In the first phase of the scheme, pension would be disbursed through ‘smart card’ to the beneficiaries in 386 villages in 18 mandals of the district, i.e. Gudivada, Kalidindi, Mudinepalli, Vuyyuru, Gannavaram, Gampalagudem, Kankipadu, Penamaluru, Nuzvid, Avanigadda, Nagayalanka, Ghantasala, Pamarru, Guduru, Machilipatnam, Ibrahimpatnam, Jaggayyapeta and Nandigama.
The scheme would be implemented in a couple of months in the remaining 32 mandals of the district, five municipalities and the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation.