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Pithani opens awareness meet on Indiramma Kalalu

Pithani opens awareness meet on Indiramma Kalalu
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Govt's relentless strife for equal opportunities stressed Srikakulam: Minister for Social Welfare Pithani Satyanarayana, addressing the Indiramma...

Govt's relentless strife for equal opportunities stressed

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Srikakulam: Minister for Social Welfare Pithani Satyanarayana, addressing the Indiramma Kalalu programme, at local BR Ambedkar auditorium on Friday, said that the State government is the only one in the country that has legalised the SC, ST Sub-Plan and earmarked budget for SCs and STs according to their population.

Because of this, basic facilities will be created in the SC, ST colonies, he said. Social awareness will be created only through education and inequalities will decrease, he said. Beds are being provided in Gurukul hostels and a sum of Rs 1,150 crore has been earmarked for increasing job opportunities, he said. The amount for purchase of land has been increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh, he said. The income limit for providing stipends has been increased to Rs 2 lakh, he said. For the implementation of the SC, ST Sub Plan a nodal agency has been created by the government under the chairmanship of the minister.

Minister for Roads and Buildings Dharmana Prasad Rao said that the Girijans lived far away from civilisation in the hills. There is a need to bring them into the mainstream of life. That is why Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has legalised the SC, ST Sub Plan, he said. He said that the living standards of the Girijans have to be improved. He called upon the tribals to examine their traditions and culture and come forward to improve their lives.

Calling upon the Dalit leaders to help in this regard, he said that the government has been working for ages towards the achievement of social equality. Because of his relentless striving to change the lives of the Scheduled Castes, the people of East Godavari district have given the title of 'Dalita Bandhavudu' to Kiran Kumar Reddy, he informed.

District Collector Saurabh Gaur said that mandal-level troupes have been sent to the various villages to publicise the Indiramma Kalalu programme. Also a statistical list of the Girijans is being prepared, he said.

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