AP CM promises to spend more for SC/STs

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Hyderabad, Nov 16 (UNI) Promising to consider the Opposition demand to carry forward the unspent amount, allocated under the Special Component Plan for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, to next year after ''assessing the financial implications'', Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today assured the State Assembly to spend more than the due for the SC/STs.

Replying to clarifications sought by members, he said the Government had spent a little more than the amount due to the SCs in proportion to their population and little less than the amount due to the STs in proportion to their population. ''I solemnly assure the House to spend more for SC/STs,'' he added.

Dr Reddy announced that 740 Ashrama Patasalas on the lines of the Navodaya schools would be started in three years at a cost of Rs 1,700 crore for the benefit of the weaker sections. Each school, imparting education on the CBSE pattern, would have a strength of 1,200 students from VI to 12th standard.

Stating that the Government had spent 90 per cent of the budgetary allocation of more than Rs 20,000 crore last year, he said ''we always aim high. There is no question of cutting the spending for them.'' ''We will hasten development in the next two years,'' he said, asking the Opposition parties not to dream of ''coming back to power as long as we are alive''.

UNI

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