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Kalyana Lakshmi scheme may cover all BPL communities

Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari and former Deputy Chief Minister S. Rajaiah, two rivals came together at a meeting held at Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad on Saturday.— Photo: Mohammed Yousuf  

The Telangana State government is contemplating extending the ‘Kalyana Lakshmi’ scheme meant to aid marriage of daughters in SC, ST and minority families, to all communities below the poverty line from next financial year. Also being considered seriously is extending distribution of superfine quality rice to college hostels.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao made these announcements here on Saturday, while addressing a gathering of party workers from Warangal, which could be termed his first meeting with district-level cadre in the run-up to the election for the Warangal Lok Sabha constituency. All prominent TRS leaders from the district, including Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari, attended the meeting.

He assured them that the party was headed for a glorious win in the elections as per pre-poll studies. Speaking about the candidate Pasunuri Dayakar, the Chief Minister said he was chosen over others vying for party ticket despite his humble background, owing to his committed work for the party’s victory during last Assembly elections. All those who had fought in the forefront of Telangana movement would be accommodated gradually, if they remained loyal to the party, Mr.Rao said.

He announced that the party would help Mr. Dayakar with election expenditure too, before issuing A-form and B-form to him.

Listing the schemes introduced during the last 15 months, Mr. Rao said 99.99 per cent of the promises made in the election manifesto had been initiated or completed, with only KG to PG education remaining.

Warangal would stand to be the first to benefit from the irrigation schemes to be launched in the new State, he said.

“The previous governments have all designed schemes in such a way that Telangana would get very little water. We are changing all the designs, before launching the schemes. Once Kaleshwaram project is completed, Warangal will be the first district to get water,” he said.

The Telangana government had solved the power problem which successive governments had failed to do in 30 years, he said. The state was leading the country in terms of welfare schemes, and earned accolades and awards at the national level. Even states such as Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were eager to emulate the Water Grid programme, he said.

“We are going to construct 60,000 double bedroom houses for the poor which is equal to 4.2 lakh single-room houses by earlier governments in terms of expenditure,” Mr.Rao said.

He also mentioned market committee reservations, and conversion of tribal hamlets to panchayats as significant achievements, besides celebration of festivals such as Bathukamma, Dasara, Bonalu, Godavari Pushkaralu and Ramzan.

Our party is headed for a glorious win in the Warangal byelection, Chief Minister tells TRS cadre