ANDHRA PRADESH

State for extending ST status to Rajakas: YSR

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has said that the State government was committed to according Scheduled Tribe status to the Rajaka (washermen) community.

Proposal

“The government has already sent a proposal to Centre and is awaiting the nod for according the ST status. We want the ST status to be given at the earliest,” he told ‘Rajaka Vijayabheri’ (State convention) of the community here on Sunday.

Dr. Reddy reiterated the party’s commitment to encourage more of the community leaders in politics.

The party would not hesitate to provide the right post to the deserving, he said, citing the elevation of Warangal legislator B. Saraiah as a member of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.

“Can you imagine any other party elevating a person from the Rajaka community to the board of the most popular hill shrine in the State?” he asked, promising to recognise its services.

He said a separate federation was taking up development programmes like setting up a mechanised laundry and dry-cleaning.

He mentioned how children belonging to BC communities were able to pursue higher education thanks to fee reimbursement. If a poor student wanted to join engineering or medicine course, all he had to do was to carry the caste certificate and join professional colleges without paying even a rupee. Backward Classes Welfare Minister Mukesh Goud, Anjan Kumar Yadav, MP, chairman of Washermen Cooperative Development Federation M. Anjaiah and others spoke.

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