Dalit Bandhu is Not Just a Scheme: CM KCR

Hyderabad: Telangana Dalit Bandhu is not just a govt program, but a movement for empowerment of Dalits aimed at bringing a qualitative change in society, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao asserted.

He stated that the future of Dalit Bandhu depends upon its success in Huzurabad Assembly constituency and hence, it was important that all the Dalit representatives from the constituency work with commitment and coordination.

He was addressing the gathering of 427 Dalit representatives and resource persons along with elected representatives from Huzurabad constituency, who attended the orientation programme organised at Telangana Bhavan on Monday. He paid floral tributes to the portrait of Dr B R Ambedkar ahead of starting the orientation programme.

Finance Minister T Harish Rao, SC Development Minister Koppula Eeshwar, MLAs and officials also attended the programme.

Speaking on the occasion, KCR said discrimination against Dalits can be rooted out only through their economic empowerment. “The participants in today’s conference should succeed in Huzurabad constituency and create awareness among Dalits across Telangana. If the Dalit Bandhu programme is successful, it will pave the way for the economic development of not only Dalits, but also other communities in the State who have been deprived of any opportunity or support to empower themselves,” he said. He pointed out that the last leg of Telangana agitation started with just one person which eventually grew into a movement, forcing the Centre to deliver the State. Similarly, he wanted the Dalit Bandhu program to become a trendsetter of sorts for the entire nation.

K Chandrashekhar Rao hoped that the financial assistance provided by the State government under the scheme, will empower the Dalit community in State to grow into a business community.

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