Dalit Bandhu Scheme: Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao rolls out Dalit Bandhu, government staff to get the benefit | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: Springing yet another surprise, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said the Dalit Bandhu scheme would be extended to government staff and retired employees in the fourth phase. He, however, said priority would be given to families belonging to poorest of the poor and downtrodden sections in the first phase.
Launching the Dalit Bandhu scheme officially at Shalapally village in Huzurabad assembly constituency on Monday, the CM said the Dalit empowerment movement (scheme) would soon spread like a wildfire to other states with demands to implement it there. “The scheme will get global attention.” Raising ‘Jai Bhim’ slogan before starting his speech, KCR said Dalits, especially students, should make the scheme a big success. He handed over Rs 10 lakh cheques to 15 Dalit families on the occasion.
For Dalit Bandhu, he said, Rs 1.70 lakh crore would be required to cover all the Rs 17 lakh Dalit families in the state. “If Rs 30,000 crore to Rs 40,000 is spent, the scheme can be covered in the entire state in next four years,” he said.
Rythu Bandhu scheme was launched by the CM in Huzurabad three years ago.
The CM took everybody by surprise by unveiling Dalit Bandhu from his adopted village of Vasalamarri recently, before Monday’s official launch.
Attacking both Congress and the BJP, KCR alleged that the parties which did not spend even a rupee for the downtrodden were now talking about the scheme. Congress and BJP prime ministers did not even think about such schemes, he said. When Mission Bhagiratha was launched, the parties expressed doubts but several states are now following the scheme, he claimed.
For Dalit Bandhu, he said, Rs 1.70 lakh crore would be required to cover all the 17 lakh Dalit families in the state. “If Rs 30,000 crore to Rs 40,000 is spent, the scheme can be covered in the entire state in next four years,” he said.
He said the scheme was supposed to be launched last year, but due to the pandemic it was delayed. The CM said he had launched Telangana movement and introduced several schemes from Karimnagar and chose to kick off the scheme from the district again.
The CM said with Rs 10 lakh at their disposal, Dalits can start a business of their choice and could earn double the amount within a year. KCR advised the beneficiaries not to take up similar businesses. He asked a woman beneficiary as to what would she do with the money. When she said she would like to set up a dairy unit, KCR had everyone in splits with his repartee, “Will you serve tea when I come to your unit?”

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