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Wanaparthy: Telangana State Planning Board Vice-Chairman Singireddy Niranjan Reddy on Wednesday said inequalities in the society cannot be removed in a day and called upon the people belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to progress in life by grabbing ever opportunity. 

Participating as chief guest at the 110th birth anniversary celebrations of architect of Indian Constitution, Dr B R Ambedkar at the MB Garden here, he stressed the need for cooperation of everyone to to remove inequalities in the society. Niranjan Reddy said the TRS government was committed for the welfare of people belonging to the Scheduled Castes. 

The government, he said, had earmarked Rs 147 crore in the budget for the SCs. He noted that the credit of reserving market committee posts for the weaker sections for the first time in the country should go to the TRS government. The government had allotted Rs 75,116 under Kalyanalakshmi scheme. 

Under Ambedkar Overseas Education Scheme, financial aid is being given to eligible students, he pointed out. Distribution of lands to the landless poor would be accelerated in the districts, he said, adding that he would strive to set up an Ambedkar Auditorium here at a cost of Rs 5 crore and would also set up SC and ST study circle. He said he would also take the issue of constitution of a SC-ST committee to the notice of the government. 

District Collector Sweta Mohanti said there are 18 pre-Matric and four post-Matric schools in the district. Under the Kalyanalakshmi scheme, a total of Rs 1.82 crore had been distributed among 186 beneficiaries. In all, as many as 56 beneficiaries had been identified for distribution of land under the land purchase scheme for the SCs. During 2016-17, scholarships to 17 lakh students were disbursed, she added. 
 
Local legislator Chinna Reddy, who presided, called upon one and all to tread the path shown by Ambedkar. Municipal Chairman P Ramesh Goud, Market Committee Chairman A Ravikumar, dalit oragnisations’ leaders Gandham Nagaraju, Malipeddi Chandrasekhar, Dr Jagjivanram Utsavam Committee convener K M Mahesh, co-convener Balaswamy and others took part. 

The SC and ST Welfare Department distributed cheques worth Rs 1 lakh to each of the five persons to take up self-employment. Joint Collector Niranjan Rao, District Revenue Officer Chandramohan, Revenue Divisional Officer Chandra Reddy, SC Welfare in-charge official Brahma Reddy and others took part in the event.

Nagesh Sunkari