Karimnagar: Implementing the Dalit Bandhu scheme as a pilot project in the Huzurabad Assembly constituency, the state government has deposited Rs 10 lakh into the bank accounts of 2,931 Dalit families in 15 villages in Ellanthakunta mandal.
Many beneficiaries are in a confused state; they are not able to understand how they can utilise the money. They are also unable to decide which of the units shortlisted by the government suits them best.
Asked about this in an interview, Vemuri Sai Krishna, manager of the Telangana Grameena Bank (TGB) in Jammikunta of Huzurabad constituency, said the government had established help desks in all the banks for the convenience of the beneficiaries who have doubts.
What if the beneficiary does not select any unit? Will the bank allow beneficiaries to withdraw the money? “No,” said Sai Krishna. As per guidelines, the banks pay an interest of Rs 2,475 for every month that the money is not withdrawn.
To help those who are undecided, the government along with the SC Development Corporation had identified 47 units one of which the beneficiary could opt for. “Wide publicity was given explaining the benefits of each unit. The beneficiaries will be given training separately,” Sai Krishna said.
The money including the interest will be released after selection of units by the beneficiary, after completing the process of grounding and following orders issued by district collector R.V. Karnan.
He said the help desk at the Telangana Grameena works from 10 am to 6 pm, and would render its services to the beneficiaries without creating any hurdles for
“The beneficiaries can utilise the bank and help desk services for clearing their doubts. We are ready to give suggestions for the establishment of units,” he said.
Is there any possibility that the deposited amount will be taken back by the government under any circumstance?
Sai Krishna replied; “The main intention of the government is to generate income sources so that the beneficiaries can benefit and develop economically. Beneficiaries should not believe such rumours that the amount will be taken back by the government....