Hyderabad, Jan 23 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Congress Legislature Party (CLP) today termed as ''politically motivated and with an eye on the coming elections'', the Opposition Telugu Desam Party's (TDP) Backward Classes (BCs) Garjana at Warangal.
Addressing a press conference here, State Housing Minister B Satyanarayana alleged that the TDP, which had neglected the welfare of the BCs during its regime, was now shedding ''crocodile tears and trying to mislead the people.'' He alleged that the erstwhile TDP Government had neither increased the diet charges and scholarships for BC students nor considered the total reimbursement of tuition fees for them.
Mr Satyanarayana said the Congress Government had decided to increase the diet charges of BC hostels from 30 per cent to 40 per cent during the next financial year and agreed to reimburse the total tuition fees for the BC students on a saturation point in the State. The Minister said the then TDP Government had not given importance for construction of houses for the BCs, while the present Government had been constructing 20 lakh houses every year, of which 50 per cent were allocated to BCs.
He alleged that the TDP, during its nine-year rule, had not implemented any welfare scheme for weavers, toddy tappers, fishermen community, sheep rearing community and other artisans, except 'corrupt' Adarana scheme. The TDP had also failed to increase the budget allocation for BC welfare.
Mr Satyanarayana said the State Government had been providing oil for mechanised and motor boats belonging to fishermen community on subsidy, benefitting 50,000 families. The Government had formed associations for the sheep rearing community and provided Rs 87 crore for their welfare and created market facilities in the State.
He said as a result of the Government's efforts, suicides among weavers had stopped in the State. The Government had been providing pension of Rs 200 per month to every weaver over 50 years of age. The Government was also providing pension to poor weavers and distributing 25 kg of rice every month.
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