HYDERABAD: Newly appointed chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Brahmin Welfare Corporation (APBWC) and former chief secretary of the AP Government IYR Krishna Rao said the Corporation is planning to expand its schemes to newer areas such as health insurance, food and shelter for destitute and pensions for widows and the elderly.
Rao, who is also the chairman of AP Endowments Archakas and other Employees Welfare Fund Trust, said that the Corporation would soon come up with a novel scheme ‘Sri Krishna- Sudhama Endowment Scheme,’ through which donations will be collected and the interest will be spent on the welfare of marginalised people from the Brahmin community. The scheme will be launched shortly by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, he revealed.
Speaking to reporters after taking charge of both the organisations here on Sunday, Krishna Rao said that apart from providing financial assistance to eligible beneficiaries, the Corporation would construct Aarama Kshetrams and Community Halls for the community.
“So far the Corporation has extended financial assistance to about 10,000 poor Brahmins directly through scholarships, educational benefit, coaching for competitive exams, skill development and entrepreneurship development sans middle men,” he said.
Stressing the need to conduct door-to-door survey to collect data of Brahmin families residing in AP, Krishna Rao said the Corporation would soon take the services of an experienced professional organisation to identify beneficiaries and their needs.
“We will try to make the Corporation self-sufficient and serve the community in all the aspects. We would concentrate on student scholarships, skill development and entrepreneur development programmes,” he said.
Krishna Rao also approved increasing of financial assistance under ‘Bharati Educational Scheme’ so that the revised scheme amount meets around 50 per cent of the total expenses incurred by the students towards fees, hostel, study material and other needs.
Senior journalist Potturi Venkateswara Rao, AP Government Communications Advisor Parakala Prabhakar, principal secretary endowments JSV Prasad and APPSC secretary A Giridhar were present on the occasion.