Govt committed to BC welfare: YSR

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Hyderabad, Jan 28 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today said his government had given top priority for Backward Class welfare by implementing several developmental schemes for them in the state.

The government was ready to provide any help for their betterment. The state government would also support guidelines and measures being taken by the Centre and Parliament, a release quoting Dr Reddy said.

He said the party had given more seats for the BCs in 1999 and 2004 elections than the Opposition Telugu Desam Party.

While his goverment gave pension to 45 lakh persons at Rs 200 per month, the TDP Government provided pension only to 17 lakh persons at Rs 50 and Rs 75 a month.

Fifty per cent of BCs were getting pensions in the state. The government had also given 19.88 lakh houses and metric scholarships to 7.30 lakh BC students.

The government proposed to give Rs 7,000 crore in loans at lowest interest rate of three per cent for the DWACRA Women's Groups of which 50 percent belonged to BCs.

He claimed the Congress had fulfilled all its election promises in respect of free power supply to farmers and distribution of house sites and construction of houses in the state.

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