The condition of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Andhra Pradesh is deteriorating by the day. Unless the State Government takes steps their deterioration would continue, Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee S.C. Department Coordinator Ch. Santhakumar has said.

In an open letter to SC/ST Commissioner R. Subba Rao, Mr. Kumar asked him to prevail upon the State Government to implement all the recommendations of the Justice Punnaiah Commission.

The letter to the Commissioner had a charter of eight demands. Important demands among them were allotment of 16.5 per cent of seats in the ensuing elections to local bodies and house-sites to SCs and STs.

The Commissioner was requested to take steps to improve the facilities in SC/ST hostels as the students were suffering because of the bad conditions.