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Aim is to solve basic problems of SCs, tribals

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    ONGOLE: Rajya Sabha member J.D. Seelam wants to take up some innovative schemes to solve basic problems of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes with the help of Member of Parliament Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funds of Rs. 12 crore in Guntur and Prakasam districts.

    Addressing a meeting of officials convened by District Collector B. Udaya Lakshmi for the purpose here on Wednesday, he asked them to draw up schemes to improve health and education, drinking water, library facilities in colonies inhabited by SCs and STs or to improve the lot of vulnerable sections like handloom weavers and fishermen.

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    He pointed out that Union Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh had taken up schemes for the benefit of STs under the Giriputrulu scheme at a total cost of Rs. 40 crore, dovetailing his MPLADS funds with other Central Government schemes.

    Mr. Seelam wants to implement his schemes in 22 mandals - 13 in Prakasam district and nine in Guntur district lying mostly in Bapatla parlimentary constituency. He plans to construct two hostels with all modern facilities in Ongole and Guntur to accommodate at least 400 college girls belonging to SCs so that they can complete their education which is essential for their empowerment.

    He plans to introduce 11 mobile health clinics (four for Guntur and seven for Prakasam) equipped with medicines and doctors to visit the habitations every day and provide treatment. Rural Water Supply officials said that most of the villages found it difficult to maintain protected water supply schemes and so supplying raw water to the people. Mr. Seelam wanted them to study water samples in select villages and suggest as how to improve water quality.

    He inquired whether the zilla parishad was spending 15 per cent of its funds on SC welfare schemes or not. He felt that the funds could be utilised for implementation of his schemes. He wanted to construct one reading room- cum-library in every community hall and make available literature of Ambekar and Jashua to inspire dalit youth.

    He said he could mobilise funds from the Rural Development Ministry for any specific scheme.