Sircilla: Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar ingrained within himself the ideology of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. That is what led to implementation of Dalit Bandhu scheme in Telangana, underlined municipal administration minister K.T. Rama Rao here on Thursday.
"Dalit Bandhu is not merely a scheme but a movement started by KCR to change lives of Dalit people. Its success will bring about a revolution, making the entire country look up to Telangana state," Rama Rao observed at a programme organised here to mark the birthday of Father of Indian Constitution.
He pointed out that the Chief Minister has allocated 17,800 crore in the state budget for benefiting 2 lakh Dalit families. "No prime minister or chief minister has allotted such a huge amount of funds to just one scheme. But KCR has done that, which shows his commitment to empowerment of Dalit people," he underlined.
The minister said Telangana government has provided reservations to Dalits not only in education and employment, but also in giving contracts and licences for industries. There are SC Gurukul schools and residential colleges, where students are securing national-level ranks and scaling greater heights in their lives. Government is also sanctioning 20 lakh grant to SC students wanting to pursue higher education in foreign countries, he stated.
Rama Rao said because of the Constitution written by Dr. Ambedkar, the dream of separate Telangana state became a reality.
He spent a busy day participating in various programmes during his visit to Rajanna Sircilla district on Thursday. He inaugurated Ambedkar statues in Mallapur, Surampalli, Ankushpur and Lakshmipur villages, apart from Ambedkar Bhavan at Thangallapally mandal headquarters constructed at a cost of 50 lakh. He paid floral tributes to Ambedkar’s statue at Ambedkar circle in Sircilla town.