'Utilise funds meant for SC/STs properly'

The released fund should be made to reach the eligible beneficiaries on the same year, he said. He was speaking at the developmental work review meeting held at Old Fort Road on Thursday.

Speaking at the meeting, he said both the Central and the State governments have undertaken several programmes to bring the Scheduled Caste members to the mainstream.

But owing to the delay in the facilities reaching the beneficiaries, the Scheduled Caste members still lag behind in the progress chart. The officers must take immediate action so that facilities would reach the real beneficiaries, he directed.

“It is the responsibility of the officers to provide land to the landless, education to the poor and hostel facilities to the needy students. The income ceiling has been raised to Rs 2 lakh to ensure that none of the Scheduled Caste members are excluded from receiving government benefits,” he said.

He assured of trying his best to get grants for various programmes under funds for the welfare of the SCs, provided the officers prepare a list of the programmes that need to be implemented in the district.

Stressing on the need for the SC/ST students to rise to a level equivalent to other students, he said the students in the SC/ST hostels should be taught Science, Maths and English every evening, thus they can be prepared to compete with students from higher strata, he said.

Meanwhile, he directed the Chescom officers to provide electricity to the BPL families through effective implementation of Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electricity Project.

Explaining the reason behind the SC/ST members not being benefited from various programmes, Zilla Panchayat President Shanteyanda Kushalappa said, most of the beneficiaries have not recived the benefit owing to lack of title deeds for their land. The community members residing in Kadamakallu-Subrahmanya, Dabbadka, Kootiyala are a real suffering lot as they are deprived of basic facilities, he said.

ZP Vice-President H M Cauveri urged the Commissioner to provide employment to the educated but unemployed youth from SC/ST community. The educated youth must be given employment in health, education, social welfare and other departments based on outsourcing the posts, she said.

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