Hyderabad: The state government has programmed to spend Rs.9000 crores during the next three years to develop and distribute 25 lakh acres to the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes as part of the welfare measures being initiated by the administration.
Disclosing this in the State Assembly while intervening during a debate on the plight of the SCs and STs in the House, the Chief Minister Mr. N. Kiran Kumar Reddy asserted that the Congress Party and the Government were committed for the emancipation of the weaker sections and downtrodden.
Earlier the House proceedings was stalled by CPM and CPI members who had tabled adjournment motions on the problems faced by the harijans and girijans, and the indefinite fast undertaken by the CPM Secretary Mr. B. Raghavulu. After the Deputy Speaker disallowed the adjournment motions and informed the CPM and CPI members that they could express their views and suggestions on the subject during the discussion in the House on the demands of the social welfare department, the Left parties insisted that the government should first come out with a clear cut assurance keeping in view the deteriorating health of the fasting CPM leader in the hospital. The CPM and CPI members, holding placards, rushed to the podium and persisted in their demand for a positive response from the government. The efforts of the Deputy Speaker and also that of the Minister for Legislature Affairs Mr. Sridhar Babu to pacify the protesting members and restore order in the House failed and proceedings could not make any headway.
The Minister for Social Welfare Mr. P. Satyanarayana reiterated that the state government was committed for the welfare of the harijans and girijans and as such has been making adequate budget allocations. The government has also created a nodal agency to oversee that the funds allocated are properly utilised for the welfare of these weaker and downtrodden sections. If there are any loopholes in the implementation of the welfare measures, the government would take required steps to rectify them immediately, he assured.
The Minister further informed that the a high-level meeting is being convened by the Chief Minister with the Chief Secretary and the concerned officials on March 25 to discuss in depth various issues concerning the welfare of these sections. He said that the members have also an opportunity to air their views and make concrete suggestions during the debate on the demands of the concerned department. He appealed to Mr. Raghavulu to withdraw his hunger strike as the government was taking all steps with regard to the demands he had put forth for the welfare of the harijans and girijans.
The Communist members, however, remained unrelenting and continued to protest near the podium, when the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House for a brief period and advised the protesting members to meet him in his chambers for consultations.
The House reassembled after a break of nearly two hours and even as the protest by the Communist members continued, the Chief Minister intervened and reassured that there was no going back on the commitment of the state government for betterment and uplift of the poor and downtrodden, especially the harijans and girijans.