Insurance cover for shepherds
State will refer Kuruma community demand to BC Commission, says YSR
YSR, opposition leaders attend rally by Kurumas
Shepherds to get loans for building sheep farms
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Wednesday said that the State government would refer the demand of Kuruma community for shifting its category among listed backward classes from group ‘B’ to ‘A’ to the State Backward Classes Commission.
Addressing a rally of the community at Nizam College grounds here, Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy said the government would also come up with a life insurance scheme for shepherds.
He promised to extend loans to shepherds for construction of sheep farms at three per cent rate of interest.
The Chief Minister praised the community for carrying on its caste-based occupation of sheep rearing though several other caste groups gradually shed their traditional occupations.
He defended the government’s decision against giving loans for purchase of sheep and goats as they were not permanent assets.
Instead, the government focussed on improving educational standards of backward classes by providing full reimbursement of tuition fee.
Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu criticised the government for not providing financial assistance to shepherds though 14 lakh sheep costing Rs. 4 crore perished due to disease caused on account of heavy rain.
He said the Telugu Desam Party would provide loan for purchase of rams to the extent of 80 per cent of the cost.
The party would also allot 15 to 20 acres of land for sheep rearing to shepherds’ cooperative societies in every village.
Nava Telangana Party president T. Devender Goud recalled that the community was among 72 castes that did not get representation in the Assembly so far.
ST status sought
Bharatiya Janata Party State president Bandaru Dattatreya wanted the status of Scheduled Tribe to the community as its members were nomads.
Former Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah said 25 members of the community managed to get elected to the Assembly in his State in every term.
Former Union Minister Ibrahim, former Minister of Karnataka Bandappa, Telangana Rashtra Samiti leader in Assembly Eatala Rajender, Praja Rajyam leader Tammineni Sitaram and Telugu Desam Party MLA T. Srinivas Yadav also spoke.