Telangana to conduct census of backward classes

K V Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on July 28, 2018

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (file pic)

Census data would be used for reservation in local body elections, implementation of welfare schemes

The Telangana government will soon go for a census exclusively for the backward class population in the state. Though the state has been considering a special BC census for some time, the proposal will soon be implemented as the Cabinet cleared the proposal on Friday.

The census will hold the key for ascertaining reservations in the local body elections. The government feels the census would also help in the implementation of welfare schemes.

The state cabinet has also cleared a proposal to set up 119 BC residential schools, one in each of the 119 Assembly constituencies, in the next academic year. These schools would require 4,284 employees in all.

The government will fill up 9,335 village panchayat secretary posts. This will take the total number of panchayat secretaries to 12,751, covering all the panchayats in the state.

The cabinet also cleared a move to appoint special officers in place of sarpanchs, whose terms will come to a close by the month-end. Special officers will also be appointed for the newly established municipalities.

Land to political parties

The cabinet has decided to allot land (not exceeding one acre) at the rate of Rs 100 a yard to all the recognised parties to construct their party offices. The party offices would not need to pay property tax.

To begin with, the cabinet has cleared allotment of land to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi in 29 of the 31 district headquarters.

Eye screening

On August 15 the government will kick off the Kanti Velugu, a programme to conduct eye screening across the state. Besides giving a nod to purchase of 11,577 vehicles for the police department, the cabinet has agreed to set up a medical college in Suryapet.

The Cabinet has decided to allot 600 square yards to the family of former Home Minister Madhava Reddy, who was killed in a land mine blast 17 years ago. The kin of Feroz Khan, who was killed on the Indo-Pakistan border, will get 200 square yards at Shaikpet.

The government would consider providing mid-day meals to students in junior colleges.

Published on July 28, 2018

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