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Parties protest against inadequate flood relief measures, delay in scholarships

  • CPI(M) flays administration for not strengthening bunds
  • Minister denies that SC, ST, BC scholarship budget has been drastically cut
  • YSR admits condition of hostels not good

    HYDERABAD: The Opposition walked out over two issues in the Assembly on Tuesday charging the Government with failing to meet the flood situation and inordinate delay in payment of scholarships to BC, SC, ST and minority students.

    Protesting against the Government for not conceding the party's demands, including an inquiry, Leader of Opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu led the walkout by the TDP soon after Revenue Minister D. Prasada Rao replied to clarifications on floods.

    Mr. Naidu charged the Government with failing to take precautionary and rehabilitation measures.

    CPI (M) floor leader N. Narasimaiah criticised the administration for not strengthening the Godavari bunds and for not accepting the demand for an inquiry to check for bureaucratic laxity. CPI (M) members walked out followed by those of MIM and BJP.

    The Minister said the State was negotiating with the Centre for strengthening the river bunds as a permanent solution. An amount of Rs. 220 crores was released to the Collectors of affected districts. He promised all measures to provide succour to the victims.

    Earlier, during the question hour, the TDP, CPI (M), TRS, BJP and MIM members walked out charging the Government with failure to release scholarships.

    Social Welfare Minister Redya Naik denied that the budget earmarked for sanctioning scholarships for SC, ST and BC had been heavily cut. An amount of Rs.158 crores was pending release by the Centre.

    BC Welfare Minister D. Srinivas said 67,748 BC students were yet to get scholarships. The Government was trying to cover all students.

    Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy declared that 100 per cent saturation would be achieved in the next two years to ensure every poor student received scholarship.

    Admitting that the condition of hostels was not good, he said 120 integrated hostels for SCs, STs and BCs were being constructed with an outlay of Rs.180 crores this year.