There will be no improvement in the social conditions of the Backward Classes after bifurcation of the State, said BC Sadikara Vedika (BC empowerment forum), which was recently formed to unite and educate the 144 BC castes in the State.

The new body is the initiative of a group of BC intellectuals, some of them from the IAS and IPS ranks. Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) former secretary D. Rama Rao, who is the convenor of the forum, said that the primary objectives of the body were to unite all the BCs. They were currently divided with separate associations. The literacy rate too was very low among the BCs.

BC Sadikara Vedika Krishna district convenor Arjampudi Rama Koteswara Rao said the literacy rate of the BCs was 48 per cent which was marginally more than the SCs that had a literacy rate of 46 per cent. He said that 80 per cent of the BCs of Andhra Pradesh were in Telangana, but they were unlikely to benefit from the bifurcation because they would continue to be oppressed by the forward castes even after division.

The need to unite and empower the BCs through education would become more important, he said. Mr Rama Rao said that along with him P. Sunder Kumar, and I. Venkateswarlu, also from the IAS and A. Venkata Narayana, from the IPS, were members of the forum’s Central Committee.

Meetings were being held to form committees in the different districts. State committee member and educationist Thatti Arjun Rao was made in-charge of Krishna district. Similarly, BC Ikya Vedika president Buddha Nageswara Rao was appointed State committee member and district co-convenor, Mr. Rama Rao announced.

Separate tasks

Co-convenors have each been given separate tasks. While Mr. Nageswara Rao was entrusted with uniting the BC castes, N.V. Rao was given the job of bringing together the BC students and AgriGold Director Kamireddy Ramachandra Rao the task of bringing together the BC businessmen, Mr. Rama Rao said. Such committees would be formed in all districts, he added.

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