Telangana CM KCR requests an increase in the SC quota | Latest India News
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday demanded that the Center increase the percentage of bookings for listed castes based on their growing population in the country and conduct a caste census.
“The Center has set a 15 percent reserve for CS in education and employment nationally as well as in states. Over the years, the population of CS has grown dramatically across the country. Therefore, the Center should also consider increasing the SC quota, ”KCR, as the chief minister is called, responding to a brief discussion on his government’s flagship program, Dalit Bandhu, in the assembly. of State.
He said that an in-depth household survey conducted in Telangana six years ago found that there were 10.03 million families in the state, of which 1.82 million families belong to the listed castes, representing 17.53% of total families.
At least nine of the state’s 33 districts have more than 20% of the SC population. Mancherial district has the highest Dalit population of 25.64%, while Hyderabad has the lowest Dalit population percentage, 11.71%. The average population of SCs in the state is therefore 17.53%, he said.
“Since the numbers were six years old, the state’s Dalit population may have grown dramatically. Therefore, there is a need to increase bookings for SCs as their population increases, ”KCR said.
The chief minister also demanded that the Center carry out the caste enumeration while carrying out the national census. “I do not understand why the Center refuses to take again the count of the other backward classes (OBC) in the country. She even submitted an affidavit to the Supreme Court in this regard, ”he said.
He announced that the state assembly would pass a resolution demanding that the Center conduct a caste-based census, so that justice can be done for all backward classes. “We will send the resolution to the Center for the necessary measures,” he said.
The chief minister explained in detail the Dalit Bandhu program, the pilot project of which was launched in the assembly constituency of Huzurabad, Karimnagar district, on August 16. Under this program, each eligible Dalit family would receive financial assistance from ??10 lakh by direct transfer of benefits, so that would help the recipient to undertake any business they choose.
Stating that this is the first such program for Dalit empowerment in the country, KCR said that although successive Central and State governments have initiated Dalit Upliftment Programs, it there had been no significant improvement in their condition.
“Even after 75 years of independence, Dalits continue to face discrimination and lack autonomy and financial independence. We made a humble start by adopting the Dalit Bandhu program, ”he said.
Stating that his government would implement the Dalit Bandhu program more vigorously if the Center came forward to help the state, KCR said that in the years to come, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi could play a role at the Center.
“We could even be part of the central government to implement our program. Anything can happen in politics, ”he said.
The chief minister announced that in next year’s annual budget his government would allocate ??20,000 crore for the Dalit Bandhu program. “We will provide financial assistance to an average of 2,000 Dalit families in each constituency. It is a constant exercise until all Dalit families are covered by the program, ”he added.