The ‘Indiramma Kalalu’ meeting organised to create awareness on the SC/ST Sub-Plan at Malkapuram started two hours behind schedule due to poor gathering and shoddy organisation.

The legislation, the first of the kind in the country, made it unlawful to divert funds allocated under the SC/ST Sub-Plan, meeting a long-pending demand of the SCs and STs to curb the diversion of funds meant for them.

Minister for Tribal Welfare P.Balaraju addressing stakeholders and the general public said that the AP government set the tone for transforming the Dalit and Girijan wadas into developed residential colonies by ushering in integrated development including social and educational fronts.

The minister said that the programme being a revolutionary one is being popularised among the dalit and girijan colonies through the ‘Indiramma Kala Jathas’.

District Collector V.Seshadri, and MLA Malla Vijaya Prasad spoke.