Hyderabad: Members from the Yadav community, which accounts for up to 18 per cent of the state’s population, spoke about the prevailing political situation and their expectations from the next government, even as they were busy celebrating their mega annual event ‘Sadar Utsav’ here on Saturday.
Some pointed out that the state government’s ambitious sheep distribution scheme was not as beneficial to the community as was projected.
They said they are in need of more support from the government as many of their families remained economically backward, even though they fall in the ‘Backward Class-D’ category.
One member recalled how Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao had once described them as an ‘innocent and hardworking’ community.
They said that barring those with their own lands, who can gain from the real estate boom, a majority of the families are economically backward.
Kanneboyina Chaitanya Yadav, an entrepreneur from the Old City, said "irrespective of who comes to power, the new government must bring out policies that help the community in skill development besides extending financial support to start new businesses."
Edla Hari Babu Yadav, general secretary of all India Yadav Mahasabha, Telangana, said "In spite of a large population, we hardly have any representation in legislative bodies and nominated posts. There is no voice to raise our concerns and issues. Ensuring these measures will bring a major transformational shift in the lives of our people."
Swarupa Rani Goda, a retired employee, said "our community women should be given opportunities in the dairy sector. The government should also give subsidies to open dairy units. This will discourage corporate firms from entering the dairy industry,"
Ex-serviceman Gotla Goverdhan Yadav from Bolarum said "employment opportunities for our youth should be the foremost priority of the state government."