Poor Brahmin, Vysya students too will get facilities: Minister

Social Welfare Minister H. Anjaneya on Tuesday announced two programmes for the development of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes at a cost of Rs. 234 crore.

He also announced construction of hostels, residential schools and Ambedkar/Jagjivan Ram bhavans in the hoblis of Chamarajanagar district at a cost of Rs. 90 crore.

Speaking to presspersons here, Mr. Anjaneya said that Rs. 136 crore would be spent on constructing roads using ready-mix concrete in 32 Scheduled Castes-dominated Assembly constituencies and Rs. 98.80 crore in 15 Scheduled Tribes constituencies.

Mr. Anjaneya said that each one of the 83 constituencies which have more than 20 per cent STs population would get Rs. 60 lakh and another 85 constituencies with fewer Scheduled Tribes population Rs. 40 lakh.

The quality of work would undergo third party inspection and would be further checked by department officers.

The Minister warned Dalit students against misusing hostel facilities and said that cases would be filed against them if they were found violating rules.

Mr. Anjaneya said that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had asked him to extend all facilities to poor Brahmin and Vysya community students and government orders would be issued in a fortnight.

Asked when the caste census would be started, the Minister said that Rs. 100 crore had been set apart for the exercise which will be taken up in April next year.

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