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BC panel yet to submit report, recommendations

  • Panel urged to include 111 communities in the list
  • Rs. 200-cr. earmarked for scholarships

    HYDERABAD: Backward Classes Welfare Minister D. Srinivas on Wednesday allayed fears about the possible deletion of some communities from the list of BCs by asserting that there was no such proposal before the Government.

    Addressing a press conference here, he said the Andhra Pradesh Backward Classes Commission, whose term ends in November, had not yet submitted its report. It was up to the Government to accept the recommendations or reject them after discussing them threadbare in the Cabinet.

    The Commission had received representations for inclusion of 111communities and deletion of four others. Muslims and Patra communities were among those wishing to be included.

    Scholarships

    The Minister reiterated that all eligible BC students would be given post-matric scholarship in the next academic year, irrespective of the number of applicants. A sum of Rs.200 crores had been earmarked exclusively for providing scholarships and another Rs. 30 crores for fee reimbursement.

    The Government would sanction additional amount if required. He said, the BC hostel mess charges were increased by 25 per cent recently and plans were afoot to revise the cosmetic charges.

    Deletion

    Meanwhile, the BC Welfare Association took strong exception to the reported move by the Government to delete Goud, Mudiraj, Munnurukapu and Padmasali communities from the list of backward classes.

    Association president R. Krishnaiah, in a press release, objected to the recommendations made by the BC Commission that the four communities could be removed from the list.