SC welfare gets lion’s share
The State government on Monday allocated Rs 13,412 crore for welfare programmes with SC welfare receiving a lion\'s share of Rs 7,122 crore in the Budget 2016-17. Finance Minister E Rajendar said: “The government considers expenditure on welfare as an investment for human development.” “Development which is not inclusive is not sustainable.
Hyderabad: The State government on Monday allocated Rs 13,412 crore for welfare programmes with SC welfare receiving a lion's share of Rs 7,122 crore in the Budget 2016-17. Finance Minister E Rajendar said: “The government considers expenditure on welfare as an investment for human development.” “Development which is not inclusive is not sustainable.
- for ST welfare and `2,538 crore for BC welfarecrore for SC welfare, `3,752 croreGovernment allocates `7,122
- BPL eligibility criteria: Income limit increased from `60,000 to 1.5 lakh in rural areas and from `75,000 to `2 lakh in urban areas
- Government considers expenditure on welfare as an investment for human development, says the Finance Minister
Therefore, the government is focussing more and more on welfare schemes and has emerged as one of the leading welfare states in the entire country,” he added. Stating that the government had increased the eligibility criteria for being considered BPL, he said that in rural areas, the income limit has been raised from Rs 60,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh per annum and in the urban areas, the income limit has been increased from Rs 75,000 to Rs 2 lakh per annum.
“As a result, Anganwadi workers, home guards, private employees and others are also eligible to avail of the welfare schemes,” said the Minister.Rajender said that the government was implementing welfare schemes for scheduled castes that include economic support schemes, land purchase scheme, skill development programmes for SC youth,
Kalyana Lakshmi, financial assistance for SC students to pursue studies abroad and provision of free power to SC households (up to 50 units). Besides, under the two-bed room housing programme, a substantial number of beneficiaries would be from the SC community, he added.
Allocating Rs 3,752 crore for ST welfare, the Minister said that the government had mainly focussed on effective programmes for the uplift of tribals’.“After the receipt of the report of the Commission of Inquiry, the government will examine the recommendations with regard to the measures needed to improve the social economic conditions of tribals and the feasibility of including Valmiki Boya and Khaithi Lambada communities in the ST category,” he said.
Stating that majority of the population in the state consisted of people from backward classes, the Minister allocated Rs 2,538 crore for BC welfare. He said apart from reimbursing tuition fees, free coaching was being provided at 10 BC Study Circles across the state.
Further, he said that land has been allocated for the construction of buildings for study circles at Adilabad, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Medak and Khammam districts.