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Basic amenities to be provided in all SC colonies: Minister

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‘Indiramma Kalalu launched as part of implementing Sub Plan Act’

Social Welfare Minister Pitani Satyanarayana being presented a memento at Indiramma Kalalu programme in Sriakkulam on Friday
Social Welfare Minister Pitani Satyanarayana being presented a memento at Indiramma Kalalu programme in Sriakkulam on Friday

Minister for Social Welfare Pitani Satyanarayana on Friday said all colonies of Scheduled Castes would have basic amenities, including roads and drinking water facility with the allocation of funds under Indiramma Kalalu, a scheme launched as part of implementing SC and ST Sub Plan Act.

Addressing a meeting at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar auditorium here, the Minister said basic amenities will help dalits to lead a respectable life with all the facilities on par with other sections of society.

Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Prasadarao said only Kirankumar Reddy’s government had taken steps sincerely to bring people of Scheduled Castes and Tribes into the mainstream. Collector Saurabh Gaur said Indiramma Kalalu programme would be implemented under 1185 villages.

Palakonda MLA Nimmaka Sugreevulu, Dalit leader Boddepalli Narasimhulu and others participated in the programme.

The Minister for Social Welfare said he was striving to ensure accountability for grants sanctioned under SC, ST Sub-Plan.

Participating in Indiramma Kalalu at 22{+n}{+d}ward here, Mr. Satyanarayana said the Collector was accountable for the grants spent at district-level. Further, to make sure that grants released were spent fully, the government had now delegated powers to 27 departments instead of through 49 departments. Each representation received from SC, STs will be settled on priority basis. The government had earmarked Rs. 8,585 crore for SCs and Rs. 3,665crore for STs in the budget. He said Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, while continuing schemes initiated by Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, had introduced additional schemes.

MP Botcha Jhansi Lakshmi promised roads to all SC, ST colonies with 60 per cent wage and 40 per cent material component. She appealed to them to utilise the opportunity. Collector M. Veerabrahmaiah said the programme would be conducted in the remaining 123 panchayats by the month-end. So far, 800 panchayats were covered, he added.

MLC Veerabhadra Swamy, Gajapthiangaram MLA Botcha Appala Narasaiah and others spoke.


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