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CM KCR set to hold all-party meet on BC welfare

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Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is all set to hold an all-party meeting of MPs, MLAs and MLCs belonging to Backward Classes, at the Legislative Assembly on Sunday to discuss and arrive at a consensus on development and welfare programmes for Most Backward Classes (MBCs). The elected representatives are gearing up to put forward the concerns raised by Backward Classes, while the State government is likely to apprise the elected representatives of the findings of Telangana State Backward Classes Commission on the status of MBCs in the State.

Earlier, the Chief Minister held a similar meeting on implementation of SC/ST sub-plans to receive suggestions and objections from legislators which paved the way for better utilisation of the sub-plan funds for SCs and STs in the State. The meeting on BCs and their issues is likely to be chaired by Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary.

In a prelude to Sunday’s meeting, BC legislators from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi Legislature Party (TRSLP) held a meeting with leaders representing various BC organisations here on Saturday. MLA V Srinivas Goud, who led the meeting, told mediapersons that they convened the meeting with the BC organisations to get a complete understanding of pressing issues concerning the Backward Classes. “No such meeting was held by any Chief Minister in the history of undivided Andhra Pradesh to ensure effective implementation of schemes for Backward Classes. Hence, we want to make optimum use of the opportunity,” he said.
Residential schools

The TRS legislators said the State government had established 119 residential schools for students belonging to Backward Classes, provided huge funds for progress of caste-based occupations and also allotted Rs 1,000 crore for empowerment of MBCs. MLA Dasyam Vinay Bhaskar admitted that there were minor issues which were plaguing the development of BCs which would be taken to the notice of the Chief Minister during the meeting. The legislators also decided to urge the Chief Minister to take initiative for the uplift of poor families belonging to upper castes. Legislators Anjaiah Yadav and Prakash Goud stated that the State government’s support to caste-based occupations restored the respect of these professions.

During the recent Assembly session, Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao observed that no major progress was achieved during the previous governments’ rule through establishment of numerous corporations and federations for different castes among Backward Classes. He felt some BCs were in a more pathetic condition than SCs and STs, making it clear that they would be the priority of the State government in terms of welfare and developmental activities. He urged all legislators to make suggestions to improve welfare and development schemes for BCs.

He also emphasised the need to take effective measures for development of Backward Classes who form more than 50 per cent of the State’s population.

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