Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh government, on 18 October, announced the names of chairpersons of 56 BC corporations which were set up for the development of the Backward Classes. By providing 50 per cent reservation to women, nearly 29 corporations out of the 56 are going to be led by female chairpersons. In addition to this, the state government also appointed 12 directors for each corporation representing all the 13 districts.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister for BC welfare, Ch. Venugopala Krishna, said the state is always committed to the development of BCs and the Chief Minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, launched this initiative to set up 56 BC corporations to focus on the all-round development of the group. “The Chief Minister believes that BCs stand for Backbone Classes and not Backward Classes. As promised during the election, the CM has provided separate corporations for every community so as to give them equal political rights,” the minister said.

He said that after a careful study, it was decided to set up separate corporations for 56 castes, of the total 138, with over 30,000 population. Funds will be allocated to them and the public will receive more benefits from their own corporation, he further said.

Meanwhile, reiterating that the state government prioritizes BC welfare and strives for the uplift of BC communities, the minister for municipal administration, Botsa Satyanarayana, said this is a first-of-its-kind initiative taken up by any state in the country to provide an equal platform for every BC community. He slammed the Opposition TDP leaders for creating controversies over this novel initiative and said the previous government had failed to deliver its promises made to the BCs and had never bothered about them while in power, only using them as a vote bank for political gains. It is well known that Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy’s government gives the highest priority to BCs in every welfare scheme and has stood by every promise made to the community, he added.

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