Telangana CM asks officials to wage war against poverty in Dalits

Addressing a meeting of collectors from ten districts of Telangana, KCR also announced the launch of a special scheduled caste development programme involving ministers, MPs and MLAs on August 15 on a pilot basis.

“Even after 65 years of independence, there has not been a considerable progress and the Dalits still remained as the poorest of the poor; the government has to think as to what is to be done at the state level first and go to district level to improve their living conditions,” KCR said.

The meeting was also attended by Finance Minister E Rajender and several senior officials, a state government release said.

“A special scheduled caste development programme would be launched on August 15 this year in one identified village of every district on a pilot basis by involving ministers, MPs and MLAs. The chief minister will launch the programme in Karimnagar district,” the release said.

KCR said there has to be a remarkable change towards improving living conditions of Dalits in the coming five years.

The funds that were allotted for SC welfare on the basis of percentage of population at the rate of 15.4 percent were never spent as allocated, the release quoted the Chief Minister as saying.

According to the release, KCR suggested that henceforth 15.4 percent of the total budgetary allotment will exclusively be spent for the development of SCs and the social welfare department will be renamed as SC development department.

Courtesy: Jagran Post News Desk

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