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State Government in favour of SCs' categorisation, says Mallu Ravi

SC, ST conference organised by District Congress Committee at Jadcherla Government allocates Rs. 238 crore for minor irrigation in budgetIndira Gandhi credited with taking initiative to protect rights of SCs and STs

MAHBUBNAGAR: Minister for Minor Irrigation M. Mareppa and Special Representative for Andhra Pradesh Government at New Delhi Mallu Ravi assured that they would see to it that a resolution was passed in the forthcoming AICC plenary at Hyderabad, demanding quota for SCs and STs in the jobs of private sector institutions.

They were speaking at the district-level SC and ST conference organised by the District Congress Committee at Jadcherla on Monday evening. Mr. Mareppa said the Government had allocated Rs. 238 crore for minor irrigation in the budget, the highest allocation for the sector thus far, in recent times. Dr. Ravi said the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi took the initiative in bringing out legislation to protect the rights of SCs and STs.

There was mild tension in the conference at the beginning when a mob consisting of Madiga Reservation Porata Samiti activists raised slogans demanding categorisation of SCs. When police resorted to a mild lathi charge, Dr. Ravi intervened and pacified the mob, saying the State Government was in favour of categorisation and there would be a positive solution in the Assembly.

APCC BC Cell chairperson A. Chittaranjan Das, Achampet MLA Vamsikrishna, APCC ST Cell president Panthu Naik and DCC president S. Prakash also spoke.