Hyderabad: “By introducing centralized system, the essential commodities – oil, tamarind, red gram and other pulses in addition to rice would be paraphrased from the Civil Supplies Department for all the Social Welfare, SC, ST, BC and Minority hostels from the coming academic year in the state”, the Minister for Social Welfare, Mr Pitani Satyanarayana has announced.
The Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, on Monday held a review meeting in the Secretariat on functioning of Social Welfare department with the officials concerned.
Briefing the media after the review meeting, Mr Pitani Satyanarayana said that now the government-run hostels were purchasing only rice from Fair Price Shops of Civil Supplies Department. For other commodities like edible oil, tamarind, dal and pulses, the SC, ST and BC Welfare departments at the district level were separately calling tenders from private agencies and acquiring from them. With this, the price of same goods was varying from department to department and district to district. To avoid this situation, the government has decided to introduce a centralized system and purchase the goods from the Civil Supplies department.
Cosmetics like soaps and others would be purchased from the Girijan Cooperative Society, he added. Steps would be taken to bring the centralized system from the coming academic year, he added. The Social Welfare, SC Welfare, ST Welfare, BC Welfare, Minority Welfare and Civil Supplies departments would hold discussions and prepare a draft plan at the earliest in this regard, he added.
“For the proposed hostels monitoring system, all the government hostels will be interlinked. The Chief Minister has also accepted the proposed bio-metric system in the hostels”, he stated.
He said that the Chief Minister has also expressed strong concern over the dropout rate of school students. The dropout of SC and ST students were more, he added. To find a solution to the problem, the Chief Minister has decided to conduct a survey by a private agency and a separate joint survey by Social Welfare and Education departments to find the causes for dropout rate and suggest measures to curtail it.
Replying to a question on the demand from students for a hike in mess charges, the Minister reminded that there were four categories of hostels – government run hostels, student run hostels, management run hostels and day-scholar hostels. The Cabinet Sub-Committee would study the matter and reduce them to two or three categories. The Social Welfare department officials have been directed to study how much quantity of food was required for a student per day and required mess charge for it, he added.
To cap the loopholes in scholarships and tuition fee reimbursement schemes, some other measures in addition to age limit and biometric system would be examined, he informed. Keeping in mind that the banks were not showing interest to extend loans to SC, ST students under self employment scheme, the Chief Minister has instructed the officials concerned to prepare a plan that the government should directly extend financial assistance to the beneficiaries, he added. (NSS)