‘T note will be placed before Union Cabinet on Oct 9’
Telangana Note : Union Minister of Sstate for Social Justice Balram Naik reiterated that the Congress high command was firm on carving out separate Telangana. He said the Cabinet Note was getting ready and would be placed before the cabinet on October 9 and that the Bill to divide the state would be introduced in Parliament during November.
Union Minister allays fears of Seemandhra people staying in Hyderabad
Hyderabad: Union Minister of Sstate for Social Justice Balram Naik reiterated that the Congress high command was firm on carving out separate Telangana. He said the Cabinet Note was getting ready and would be placed before the cabinet on October 9 and that the Bill to divide the state would be introduced in Parliament during November.
Speaking on the sidelines of National Banjara Professors’ conference on Saturday, the Union Minister when asked about the status of Hyderabad, said that there need be no apprehension among any section since everyone has a constitutional right to stay in Hyderabad. “It belongs to all and anybody can stay in Hyderabad,” he said.
Earlier addressing the conference the Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha said that once Telangana state was formed, they would strive for establishing a research centre for Banjara community. Rajanarasimha said, “It’s our responsibility to protect and respect the Banjara community and culture. One should know about their culture. They have a great history. The Nizams’ patronised their culture. They served the Qutub Shahi rulers and are still serving people.”
He said that the Banjaras had requested the government to declare Sant Sevalal’s birthday as Banjara Day and the government agreed to it and they are successfully conducting the second conference this year. When asked about the reason behind organising the conference, they said, the urbanisation and globalisation are making the Banjara community an endangered community. Hence, we want to promote and protect their culture,” he added.
He emphasised on the need to eradicate caste discrimination and the importance of education for every child. Every Harijan and Dalit should be educated to such an extent that they should become capable of questioning the present education system, he concluded.
The other dignitaries who attended the conference were P Balram Naik, Union State Minister for Social Justice, M Shankar Naik, Ex minister of Karnataka and President of All India Banjara Seva Sangh, Amarsingh Tilawath, Ex-minister, AP and Working President of AIBSS, T Kishan Singh, Ex MLA, AP and general secretary, AIBSS, Ravindra Naik, Ex-MP. The conference was presided by A Seetaram Naik, President, NBPA, Andhra Pradesh unit.Vice- Chancellor of Osmania University Satyanarayana said that he has a good rapport with Banjaras as he hails from a small village. “I grew up listening to their songs and enjoying their art and dance. They are so intelligent that they don’t need any reservation,” he opined.
Balram Naik addressed the gathering in the Banjara language. He said there were 12 crore Banjaras across the country. “We have one language, one tradition. We are united. For the 2014 elections, our Banjaras votes will go to Rahul Gandhi. Our only demand is that we want the government to acknowledge us as tribals across the nation, he said. At present Banjaras come under ST category in some states while in other states they are listed as SC and BCs, he added.