Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has declared that he will fight for the integrated development of the Dalits in the State till his last breath, as he fought for Telangana State where he was ready to sacrifice his life. He called on the entire Telangana community to join hands for socio-economic empowerment of the Dalits, ending the centuries of discrimination and poverty.
The Chief Minister reiterated that nothing was impossible, if pursued with perseverance. He pointed out that people of Telangana achieved their State with their perseverance and were developing under self-governance. “We will achieve the integrated development of Dalits with the same perseverance. It is the uniqueness of the Telangana community that we do not give up that easily,” he said.
Chairing a review meeting on implementation of Telangana Dalit Bandhu scheme at the Karimnagar District Collectorate Complex on Friday, Chandrashekhar Rao recalled that Telangana State was achieved after many struggles and sacrifices. The new State has been witnessing significant development in last seven years where it has revived the entire irrigation system and made agriculture profitable as well as ensured uninterrupted power supply. “Telangana is moving towards a meaningful and qualitative development ending decades of discrimination and emerged as Rice Bowl of India with paddy production of three crore tonnes last year,” he said.
The Chief Minister stated that the government has been spending crores of rupees for supporting the traditional occupations like sheep rearing, fish farming, handlooms and also supported MBCs through numerous welfare schemes. He said the State government has been supporting all communities including SCs, STs, BCs and minorities for the last seven years in every possible way. He recalled numerous initiatives like Rythu Bandhu, Aasara pensions, Kalyana Lakshmi/Shaadi Mubarak, KCR Kits, Ammavodi vehicles and others, for benefit of all sections of the society.
“When I was the Siddipet MLA, I took up the Dalit Chaitanya Jyothi programme in Siddhipet and worked for the betterment of the Dalits. Now is the time for the Dalit empowerment, which was long due. Though it was supposed to be launched in May last year, it got delayed due to Corona,” he added.
The meeting was attended by Ministers T Harish Rao, Koppula Eeshwar, Gangula Kamalakar, MP J Santosh Kumar, MLC Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, MLAs Rasamayi Balakishan, Sunke Ravishankar, former Minister Kadiam Srihari, Telangana SC Corporation Chairman Banda Srinivas, former SC, ST Commission Chairman Errolla Srinivas, CMO secretaries Smita Sabharwal, Rahul Bojja, Karimnagar District Collector RV Karnan, Karimnagar Mayor Sunil Rao, bankers and officials of various departments. On behalf of various organisations, Dalit leaders Medi Mahesh, Kansala Srinivas, Boggula Mallesam, Dumpala Jeevan, Gosukanti Arun, Nalla Kanakaraju and others participated..