Officials Ignorant of SC/ST Sub-Plan Act: Ravella

Published: 21st July 2014 09:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st July 2014 09:17 AM   |  A+A-

Ravella Kishore

VIJAYAWADA: Minister for social welfare Ravella Kishore Babu has alleged that there is no awareness among the officers concerned on the SC/ST Sub Plan Act - 2013 and observed that there is an urgency to spread awareness on the law as nothing significant has been done in the past 15 months.

Speaking to the reporters here Sunday, Kishore Babu said that the reschedule of loans was a part of farm loan waiver scheme. In view of the current kharif season, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu was making plans to waive the farm loans at the earliest.

“The CM has asked the agriculture minister to find all possible ways to waive farm loans if the RBI refuses to reschedule the loans,” he said and urged the farmers not to worry about the loans as they had asked the bankers at the State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) meet not to cause inconvenience to farmers.

Kishore Babu clarified that the state government was ready to take up the process of admissions for students and expressed disappointment over the Telangana government for the delay in admissions for students who were eligible for fee reimbursement. He also came hard on Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhara Rao for not responding to the letters from the AP chief minister regarding the fee reimbursement.

“Due to the delay in admissions, the students will only be deprived of further education,” he said and added that they were planning to visit Delhi to exert pressure on the Centre to find a solution on the admissions issue.

He also said that they would approach the Apex Court on the denial of fee-reimbursement scheme to students studying in Telangana from Andhra Pradesh. “Basing on the verdict of the Supreme Court, plans will be made accordingly,” he added.

Speaking about the SC-ST Sub Plan Act, Kishore Babu criticised the Congress government for not framing rules in the Act. “However, this government will implement the law in letter and spirit,” he said and stressed the need to reduce the gap in development and literacy rate between the rich and the poor.

Kishore Babu praised the efforts of Chandrababu and said that AP would turn into a logistical hub as the CM had already designed plans as part of his desire to develop AP.

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