Telangana cabinet clears crop loan waiver, Dalit Bandhu scheme | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: Ahead of a crucial bypoll to the Huzurabad assembly constituency, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao-led state cabinet on Sunday decided to waive off crop loans up to Rs 50,000, benefiting 6 lakh farmers in the state.
KCR also announced the implementation of the flagship Dalit Bandhu scheme as a pilot project in the poll-bound constituency from August 16.

“Though the dalit population in Telangana is 20%, they hold only 13 lakh agricultural land. Their situation is worse than the tribals in this aspect. The Dalit Bandhu scheme will become a role model for the country. A new act will be passed giving it legislative powers,” said KCR. The farm loan waiver will be done from August 15 to August 31.
The state cabinet also gave approvals on supporting children orphaned by Covid-19, extending the Centre’s 10% EWS quota to candidates with less than Rs 8 lakh annual income with five-year relaxation.
During the meeting, the cabinet also approved to waive off tax arrears to be paid by toddy tappers and do away with taxation of toddy trees. Other important decisions of the cabinet were to bring in an act to give legality to Dalit Bandhu scheme, implement at the earliest insurance scheme for weavers and toddy tappers.
The cabinet also directed officials to start disbursing Aasara pensions to the people aged between 57 and 65 years. This will benefit another 6.62 lakh new beneficiaries, taking the total number of various categories of beneficiaries availing social security pensions (Aasara pensions) to 58 lakh. The pensions would be given to only one person per family.
The cabinet directed officials to implement the government’s decision to extend free power up to 250 units for saloons in the state.
Training will be given by the government in the sectors they want and committees will be formed for this right from the village level. Centre for Dalit Enterprise would be set up in every district to guide and encourage dalit entrepreneurs.
The cabinet directed finance secretary Ramakrishna Rao to submit details of vacancies in every department as Dalit Bandhu needs full-fledged official support.
“The district minister and district collector will have to play an important role to ensure the success of the scheme. As the role of officials would be important, all the vacancies in various departments will be filled up,” KCR added.
A new card to be given to Dalitha Bandhu beneficiaries was examined by the cabinet which would be connected online later. They would be extended civic and other infrastructural facilities.

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