Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao has paid rich tributes to Bharat Ratna and Constitution maker Dr B R Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary on April 14.
The CM said that the efforts put in by Dr Ambedkar to make the country secular with no caste bias), democratic republic are highly laudable. The CM recalled on this occasion the great services rendered by Dr Ambedkar. The CM said that it was due to Dr Ambedkar’s foresight that the formation of the Telangana state happened Constitutionally.
He said that the state government is implementing several schemes and programmes for the welfare and development of the oppressed classes taking inspiration from Dr Ambedkar. For this, the state government is spending thousands of crores to implement these schemes.
The CM said that Dr Ambedkar’s ideals are imbibed in the schemes, programme implemented to strengthen the rural economy and provide self-respect to the weaker sections in the society. For the development of Dalits based on their population figures, a Special Development Fund is created through the SC Sub Plan Act. Under the Act, the funds, which are not spent in a financial year, are transferred to the next year without diverting them to other departments.
The CM recalled that the TS Pride programmes for the entrepreneurs among the Dalits had been getting good response and results. He said that the state government is providing funds at a 25 Paisa interest rate for the Dalit industrialists to set up Food Processing Units. Dalits were given reservation in the works taken up in the Market Yards.
The CM also recalled the good results being produced by the residential educational institution exclusively set up for SCs, STs as the government felt that education is key for these sections. In these institutions, besides quality education, skill development and special training are also given in the allied fields.
The CM said it is a moment of pride for him as the students from these residential institutions are not only showing their merit in academics but also in various sports and co-curricular events both nationally and internationally. Under Videsh Vidya Nidhi, students from these communities are provided financial support to pursue their studies abroad. The CM said the government is making efforts to encourage inter-caste marriages to pave way for a casteless society in the State.