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Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is likely to make an announcement on the proposed Backward Classes policy within a week. As suggested by the Chief Minister, the BC public representatives from all political parties have made their collective recommendations and submitted their report to the State government on Tuesday.

Finance Minister Etela Rajender said the draft report will be sent to the finance department to study the financial implications of the recommendations and a final report will be submitted to the Chief Minister within three days. “Two days thereafter, the Chief Minister will study the recommendations and is likely to announce the proposed BC policy and related welfare and development activities for BCs,” he said.

At the end of three-day exhaustive deliberations, the BC public representatives from all political parties made recommendations on issues of BCs pertaining to politics, employment, education, trade and other private sectors.

Speaking to newsmen here on Tuesday, the Finance Minister said recommendations were made for establishment of a new BC residential school in each of the 119 Assembly constituencies in addition to establishment of 62 residential degree colleges for BCs by 2018. “With regard to promotion of entrepreneurship and skill development, it was decided to establish a research centre in Hyderabad to provide skill development training and technological support for various hereditary occupations of various castes among BCs,” he said.

Further, the BC legislators suggested allotment of land in Hyderabad for construction of buildings for different BC castes after scrutinising requests. It was proposed to set up coaching centres for BC youth to prepare for competitive examinations in government as well as private sector. An insurance scheme was also likely to be announced for the economically poor families from BCs.

The meeting resolved to provide financial assistance and incentives for service-oriented professionals like Naayi Brahmins (barbers) and Rajakas (washermen) to pursue their hereditary occupations through finance corporations and banks. The scheme is likely to be launched next month. A separate finance corporation will be established for nomadic and other under-privileged communities among BCs to extend subsidised loans for their development.

The public representatives suggested awarding government works to BC contractors without seeking EMD (Earnest Money Deposit or statutory deposit). “We are also considering establishment of BICCI (Backward Classes Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) on the lines of DICCI (Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry) for industrial development of BC entrepreneurs,” said BC Welfare Minister Jogu Ramanna.

The legislators also resolved to increase political reservations for BCs in all local bodies to 34 per cent and implement similar reservations in market committees. They reiterated the demand for creation of a separate ministry for BC welfare at the Centre and also reservations for BCs in the Legislative Houses. Jogu Ramanna said the Chief Minister will lead a delegation to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to press for this demand as resolved by the State Assembly earlier.

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