Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, today took major decisions to help the Backward Classes, at a review meeting he had with the minister and top officials on the issues and functioning of BC Welfare Department at Secretariat.
The Chief Minister asked the Finance Department to immediately release funds for construction of hostels, study circles, BC Residential schools and so on. While he assured the department that adequate funds will be released for maintenance of BC hostels, materials and supplies, he said that a common maintenance unit will have to be established to take up timely maintenance of all welfare hostels (SCs, STs, BCs and Minorities) including electrical fittings, plumbing work and so on.
At the outset, the BC Welfare Department thanked the Chief Minister and the Finance Department for releasing funds towards the Post-Metric Scholarships, Reimbursement of Tuition Fees to BCs and Reimbursement of Tuition Fees to Economically Backward Classes and for clearing all the dues till 2009-10, the expenditure being Rs 1743.94 crores and the government additionally released Rs 461.54 crores over and above the allocation of Rs 1282.40 crores.
The Chief Minister also decided to positively consider upward revision of diet charges to all the hostel boarders including BC students and said that the present allocation per student is quite insufficient. He wanted a Committee to be constituted with senior officials including finance to periodically go into the issue of diet charges. He said it would be appropriate if the diet menu is fixed permanently and diet charges revised every year accordingly as per the price index. The Committee will decide on uniform charges every year and said this should be based on nutritious food for the students.
The Chief Minister also asked the Finance Department to release adequate funds for diet charges, rents, electricity etc and put them on green channel which are to be exempted from budget control. He has decided to request the MPs, MLAs, MLCs to allot 10% of the Constituency Development Funds for all Welfare Hostels in their respective constituencies. Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy also agreed to the proposal for constructing Jyotibha Phule Bhavans (Complexes) at State Head Quarters and District Head Quarters which will also have Study Circles, Mahatma Jyothibha Phule statues etc. The Chief Minister also permitted the BC Welfare Department to access loan from HUDCO for construction of nearly 1,000 hostels spread over in the next 5 years with an expenditure of Rs.600 crores.
The Chief Minister also positively responded to the proposal for obtaining NABARD loan for construction of 5640 dhobighats in rural areas treating the construction of dhobighats as providing common infrastructure for washer-men. He also agreed for revised administrative sanctions and release of additional funds of Rs.23.47 crores for completion of construction of 70 incomplete hostel buildings. Mr Reddy asked the BC Welfare Department to come up with a comprehensive action plan on the manpower requirement and filling up of vacancies and agreed for recruitment in a phased manner.
The officials explained to the Chief Minister about the steps taken by the BC Welfare Department for plugging loopholes and streamlining the Scholarships and reimbursement of tuition fees to the students. They said that identification of Duplicate Sanctions, Recovery of Duplicate sanctioned money towards the scholarships and reimbursement of tuition fees—Rs 44 lakhs recovered against Rs 54 lakhs, Drafting of District level teams for 100% verification of 2009-10 & 2010-11 sanctions in all Districts, Tightening of sanctions process by income certificates, SSC/ Inter hall Ticket Numbers correlated, Sanction to only convenor quota students, Implementation of Group of Ministers’ recommendations for streamlining scholarship scheme, Improvement of software and Correlation between Welfare Departments and Minority Welfare data bases to eliminate duplicity etc were implemented.
The Chief Minister wanted the Department to come up with good innovative schemes which would bring prosperity to various communities as far as the BC Corporation, Washermen Federation, Nayee Brahmins Federation, Vaddera Federation, Sagara (Uppara) Federation, Valmiki/Boya Federation, Krishna, Balija, Poosala Federation and Bhattraja Federation etc. Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy assure that the State Government will assist these schemes.
The Minister for Backward Classes Welfare, Mr Baswaraju Saraiah, the Special Chief Secretary to CM, Mr J Satyanarayana, the Principal Secretary, BC Welfare, Mr Hiralal Samariya, the Principal Secretary, Finance, Mr L V Subramaniam, the Director, BC Welfare, Mr Syed Omer Jaleel, the Chairman, A.P. Study Circle for BCs, Ms K Sunitha, the VC&MD, A.P. Backward Classes Coop Finance Corporation, Mr B Ramiah, the Special Secretary to CM, Mr S S Rawat and other officials attended the meeting. (NSS)