Hyderabad: Dubbing the State government as “anti-BC”, the Andhra Pradesh State Backward Classes Welfare Association (APSBCWA) has alleged that the government has deceived the BCs by reducing the funds for the fees reimbursement scheme. It demanded that the government increase the budget up to 72 per cent to the SC/STs as the Union government issued a GO in this regard.
The APSBCA president, Mr R Krishnaiah, in a pressnote, stated that instead of increasing the budget for the BCs, it reduced by 25 percent for the BC Welfare Department. He said that the government increased budget by about 10 percent to 20 percent to other departments, while it showed apathy towards uplift of the BCs.
The government had introduced the fees reimbursement scheme as a saturation scheme, he said, adding that the government failed to allocate adequate funds for it. Expressing doubts that the government might scrap the scheme altogether, he said that was the reason why it was allocating meager funds to it. It was unfortunate that the government is least bothered about the BCs even though there were many movements against the government’s attitude on fees reimbursement.
Stating that some six lakh students were staying in 5,000 SC/ST/BC hostels, two lakh students in 617 residential schools and 60,000 in 1,340 college hostels, he said the government has failed to mention the proposals to increase budget for their mess charges. The present mess charges were decided three years ago, he said and asked as to how the funds will be adequate when the prices of essential commodities were touching the sky. He also demanded that the government increase the budget to the BC Corporation and Federations of Vaddera, Rajaka, Nayi Brahmana. The present budget was not even enough to pay the salaries of the staff, he added. (NSS)