Want government to make 25 per cent budget allocation

P. Jamalaiah, State convener of Andhra Pradesh Artisans Coordination Committee, has urged the government to prepare a backward classes sub-plan with 25 per cent budget allocation.

Addressing the round table conference of representatives of various artisan groups here on Wednesday, he said the government allocated only a meagre budget of three per cent for BC welfare last year. After scholarships, only Rs 230 crore was left for artisans’ welfare and other groups while the government spent Rs 10 crore in effect. The rest of the funds have lapsed, he said.

He said about two crore artisans were living from hand to mouth in the State in the absence of any support from the government. On the other hand, the government allowed foreign direct investment into the country, which targeted only the age-old avocations of artisans. He said the highest number of suicides were witnessed among the artisans be it weavers or goldsmiths.

He urged the government to announce the BC sub-plan with sufficient allocations for artisan bodies for imparting the skill training, investment for modernization and mechanization and marketing support.

Mr. Jamalaiah also urged the government to enact social justice act in support of backward classes similar to the SC ST Atrocities (prevention) Act to protect the professions and avoid onslaught by the MNCs.

District Convener J.N. Seshaiah presided over the meeting while T. Seshaphani, BC Associations United Forum, PBV Subbaiah, Private Schools Association, Manohar Raju, retired handloom Assistant Director, V.V. Ramana Murthy, Nayibrahmin Association and others spoke demand the BC subplan.

The panel planned a demonstration at Hyderabad on March 19 to draw the attention of the government to the issue.

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