Minister for the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes A.P. Anil Kumar said here on Thursday that cooperative societies could help improve the conditions of Scheduled Caste colonies where life was difficult.

He was inaugurating the Ambedkar Memorial Scheduled Caste Welfare Cooperative Society here on Thursday.

The Minister said that under a new project for infrastructure development, Rs. 1 crore each would be given to make 100 colonies with more than 50 Scheduled Castes families self-reliant. Government funds for building toilets had been increased from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 25,000 each, and 25,000 beneficiaries had been chosen for the scheme this year.