Hyderabad: Leaders cutting across political parties paid rich tributes to Bharatratna Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar on his 121st birth anniversary, here on Thursday.
The Chief Minister, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy garlanded the statue of Dr Ambedkar on the Tank Bund in the morning and paid tributes. Following him, the Home Minister, Ms Sabitha Indra Reddy and other ministers, Dr Danam Nagendar, Mr Pithani Satnarayana, Mr Anam Ramnarayana Reddy, Mr Shankar Rao and Mr Mukhesh Goud, leader of opposition Mr N Chandrababu Naidu, PRP chief Mr Chiranjeevi, CPI state Secretary Dr K Narayana, city Mayor Mrs Karthika Reddy paid homage to the chief architect of the Constitution.
Speaking on the occasion, the State Bharatiya Janata Party president and Amberpet MLA, Mr G Kishan Reddy said that huge chunk of funds earmarked for the welfare of SC and ST communities were being diverted for other purposes. Referring to the instances of diversion of funds meant for the SC and ST communities, he noted that about Rs 300 crore had been deviated for cleansing of Hussain Sagar in the State and the UPA regime has allotted about Rs 700 crore for the Commonwealth games. He demanded both the Centre and the State governments to bring in legislation to deter the diversion of funds and award fitting punishment to those ministers, public representatives and government officials involved in such instances.
The Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader, Mr B Dattatreya said that large chunks of assigned lands meant for the underprivileged sections in the State were bestowed to various private parties during the regime of late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy. He demanded that the incumbent Kiran Kumar Reddy government take possession of all such lands immediately.
CENTRE AND STATE CRITICISED
The Communist Party of India (M) State secretary, Mr B V Raghavulu said that the State government has virtually forgotten the principles of social welfare and social justice. “It has forgotten all the promises it made with regard to the welfare of backward classes in the State. It has not appointed the chairman for the State SC and ST Commission, did not allot any funds for the Nodel Agency even after two years. It has not taken any initiative for the development of Dalit and tribal colonies in the State”, he added. Stating that about 50 per cent of Dalit ryots were tenant farmers in the State, he said that the State government has not enacted a law to protect their interests despite making a promise in this regard. Referring to the issue of fee re-imbursements and scholarships, he said that not a penny has been released for the purpose this year, and as a result the students were left in despair.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader, Mr Nayani Narsimha Reddy said that the dalits were still facing the social malady of untouchability even 60 years after independence. He also said it was the dalits and other backward classes who would benefit most if a separate Telangana State was formed. Reminding that Dr Ambedkar favoured smaller states, he expressed confidence that Telangana State would a reality within a year.
The Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi president, Mr Manda Krishna Madiga said that the underprivileged sections were still suffering from economic backwardness and various kinds social maladies because of the anti- SC and ST policies being adopted by both the Centre and the State governments. Referring to the issue of SC categorization, he said though the State Assembly adopted a resolution in its favour and the Usha Mehra Commission recommended in favour of it three years ago, the State government was not impressing upon the Centre in this connection as it was reluctant to do it. (NSS)