Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Mala Mahanadu has urged the Government to release and pay scholarships and tuition fee for SC and ST students which were pending for the last two years.

A delegation of Mala Mahanadu leaders led by its president Karem Sivaji met Governor Rameshwar Thakur and submitted a memorandum urging both the Centre and the State to redress the long-pending demands of the community. It wanted the Centre to immediately implement its order enhancing the income limit from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1 lakh for grant of scholarships. Once this was done, more than five lakh students would benefit. They wanted the Government to fill the 75,000 backlog vacancies and act against officials who abstained from the Social Welfare review meetings.

The leaders complained that some sub-castes were included in the SC list in Nellore district at the behest of officials. They wanted land development scheme enhanced from Rs.1 lakh to the market rate.