Poor literacy hinders progress of Dalits, says Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy

Poor literacy hinders progress of Dalits, says Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy
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Poor literacy rate among SC and ST communities is also one of the reasons for the communities not being able to derive benefit from the welfare schemes meant for them, said Agriculture Minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy.

Nellore: Poor literacy rate among SC and ST communities is also one of the reasons for the communities not being able to derive benefit from the welfare schemes meant for them, said Agriculture Minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy.

Stresses need for creating more awareness on welfare schemes

He said that majority people belonging to the Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes were not aware of welfare schemes being implemented by the Central and State governments. Consequently, they were not deriving benefits from the schemes aimed at them, he said.

He took part as a chief guest at the State-level workshop of Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Castes’ Welfare Association held at Ambedkar Bhavan here on Sunday.

Speaking on the occasion, the Agriculture Minister said that the State government had allocated Rs 9,849 crore for SCs and Rs 3,088 cr for STs in the budget this year. About Rs 430 crore was allocated to Nellore district for welfare of the SC and ST communities. The Minister informed that they are going to construct Ambedkar Bhavans at Sullurupet, Naidupet, and Gudur and also in other areas in the district.

Minister asked the people to utilise SC sub plan funds allocated for all government departments. He also asked the employees to create awareness among people on welfare schemes being implemented by the Central and State governments.

Minister Somireddy appealed to the employees to do justice to the society by developing their villages and areas irrespective of castes and religions. Further, Minister Somireddy participated in the valedictory programme of Modi Fest at VR College grounds here on Sunday being organised by the Central government through its Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Speaking at the meeting, he said the welfare schemes being implemented by the Central government were getting good response from the people. Modi government had implemented demonetisation for benefitting the poor through prevention of black money.

Many countries had not recovered from the effect of demonetisation, but Modi’s government had successfully implemented and recovered from impact of demonization, he added.Minister Somireddy also informed that the State government has been providing Rs 1,450 crore input subsidy to Anantapur district.

Jan dhan, Make In India, Digital India, Brand India and other schemes have been getting good response from the people, explained the Minister. Former legislator M Sridhar Krishna Reddy, Chairman of the District Central Library K Venkata Swamy Naidu, BJP leaders Surender Reddy, K.Anjaneyulu and others were present.

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