ANDHRA PRADESH

Call for unity among BCs

Special Correspondent

First Backward Class Teachers' Union meeting held The community is used as vote banks, alleges Devender Goud

HYDERABAD: Speakers at the State-level conference of teachers belonging to Backward Classes communities here on Saturday said awareness was necessary for the weaker sections to fight for their rights.

Addressing the first BC Teachers' Union meeting here, Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao said that awareness coupled with unity among various BC groups alone would ensure fulfilment of their legitimate rights.

Referring to the massive housing programme undertaken in the State, he said a majority of the beneficiaries were BCs.

TDP leader T. Devender Goud lamented that BCs had been exploited for years by political parties. "They have been used as vote banks. After elections, no party has bothered to look into the sufferings of BCs," he said.

He said while the rich were enriching themselves, the plight of the poor was bad. "The weaker sections have to struggle to get two square meals a day," Mr. Goud said and ridiculed those opposing reservations for BCs in educational institutions.

He disagreed with the view expressed in some quarters that if BCs were allowed to join professional courses like medicine they would turn out to be `Shankardada MBBS' types.

"What about those who have paid lakhs of rupees as capitation fee to join professional courses", he asked.

Andhra Pradesh BC Welfare Association president R. Krishnaiah and leaders of the BC Teachers Union spoke.