The beneficiaries of the SC/ST Sub-Plan should make best use of the funds being released by the government to better their socio-economic status and procure all necessary amenities provided to them.

Municipal Commissioner G.S. Panda Das participated in the gram sabha conducted in the 56{+t}{+h}municipal division as part of the Indiramma Kalalu programme on Wednesday. He said all the essentials would be provided to beneficiaries under the Sub-Plan.

Vijayawada Central MLA Malladi Vishnu said Rs 12,500 crore was earmarked for the SC/ST Sub-Plan. The sub-plan was the first of its kind in the country. The primary objective of the Sub-Plan was to provide all necessary infrastructure in areas where SCs and STs were residing.

The MLA said efforts were made for the economic emancipation of people belonging to the weaker sections. House site pattas and housing were also provided for beneficiaries under different schemes, he said.

Nodal officer E. Bhaskara Rao and CDO Subba Reddy participated in the programme.