Energy and Scheduled Caste Welfare Minister G. Jagadishwar Reddy has asserted that the State government has spent a whopping Rs. 10,178 crore for Scheduled Caste welfare during the financial year 2017-18.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had evolved several schemes for SC welfare after the formation of Telangana and these schemes, including the starting of residential schools, were yielding good results at present. The highest amount spent on SC welfare by the previous governments before formation of Telangana was Rs. 1,170 crore in 2010-11.

Briefing reporters after a meeting to review the utilisation of the special development fund started for SCs here on Tuesday, the Minister said the Chief Minister was insistent on improving the education standards among the oppressed sections as it would go a long way in alleviating their problems.

The commitment of the Chief Minister towards the welfare of these sections could be seen from the fact that he had contemplated the KG-to-PG free education for the weaker sections and Dalits during the movement for separate Statehood.

The TRS government had, accordingly, initiated plans to extend educational facilities to these sections and launched several schemes since it took over the reins. The Minister admitted that there was a slow down in the government’s promise of distributing three acre land to each Dalit family. This was because of the reluctance of the farmers to sell their lands after the prices had gone up consequent on the launch of work on irrigation projects.

He asserted that the land distribution programme was a continuous process and the government was committed to purchase land as and when available for distribution among the poor Dalit families. The government had so far spent Rs. 2,837 crore on purchase of land while several other schemes like Kalyana Lakshmi and pensions for different categories were being implemented covering all sections.

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