Finance and Health Minister T. Harish Rao has challenged the Union Government to implement Dalit Bandhu across the state if the BJP is sincere about the welfare of Dalits as it claims so.
“The BJP in the Center is copying our plans. The Bhagiratha mission was copied in the name of Har Ghar Jal. Rytu Bandhu was copied in the name of Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi. If they are sincere about the welfare of Dalits, why don’t they implement Dalit Bandhu nationwide and allocate an amount in the budget to be presented to Parliament on February 1? Mr. Harish Rao asked while addressing reporters in Bejjanki after appearing on several shows in the mandal.
“BJP has ridiculed that Rytu Bandhu will be confined to Huzurabad constituency.
“Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has ordered to implement the program statewide in all constituencies. 100 families from each constituency will be selected and they will benefit by March 31,” Mr. Harish Rao said, adding that about ₹25,000 crore will be allocated in the next budget for the scheme.
Informing that the government has rolled out social welfare programs although elections are not imminent, the minister said that Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubarak had benefited about 9.96 lakh families in the state.