ANDHRA PRADESH

Welfare programme for weaker sections shortly

Government according top priority to BCs, says YSR

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has said that the State Government would come out with a major welfare programme for the weaker sections in a week.

It would be something which nobody could imagine, he said in a public meeting at Gandhi Bhavan here on Thursday after former MLA, J. Chitharanjan Das, assumed charge as the chairman of the Other Backward Classes cell of the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC).

Dr. Reddy challenged the Telugu Desam to identify a single welfare programme for the BCs during its ten-year rule. Yet, party president N. Chandrababu Naidu criticised the Government as though it was anti-BCs.

Stating that his Government was according top priority to the BCs during its 18-month rule, he said a scrutiny of the social composition of his Cabinet and appointment of chairpersons of Corporations would show how much they were benefited. They not only got a lion's share of Ministerial berths but were allotted key portfolios.

APCC president K. Keshava Rao said no other party had a BC leader as him at the helm of affairs for their State units. It was Congress alone which vested responsibility with BCs in key posts. Mr. Chitharanjan Das, former MLA, D. Nagender and others spoke.

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