Hyderabad: The BC Sankranthi Sabha kicked off on 17 December with the swearing-in of the chairpersons of 56 BC corporations and 672 new directors. On the occasion, Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy reiterated that the BCs have always been an integral part of the society and that the state had made history by setting up 56 BC corporations for 139 BC castes in the state.

While 29 BC corporation chairperson posts have been allotted to women, 336 out of 672 directors under the BC corporation have been given to women.

The CM said that the state government has always given priority to the Backward Classes. In the last 18 months, 90 per cent of the election promises have been fulfilled and the SCs, STs, BCs, and minority communities have been given priority in all the schemes implemented by the state, he said. The government has spent Rs. 38,519 crores on BCs in the last 18 months that has benefitted over 2.88 crore people, he added.

Jagan said that schemes like AmmaVodi, which will enter its second phase on 9 January 2021, has benefitted 19.66 lakh BCs. Under AmmaVodi, the government has spent Rs. 6,500 crores to benefit 82 lakh students and 43 lakh mothers, he said. Claiming that AP was a pro-farmer state, he said Rs. 6,750 crores are being spent on farmers under Rythu Bharosa by providing them annual financial assistance of Rs. 13,500. He said that under this scheme, 23.69 lakh farmers were identified from the BC community.

Similarly, under housing for the poor, the government will distribute 31 lakh house site pattas, out of which 15.92 lakh women beneficiaries from the BC community will receive the pattas, Jagan said, adding that under YSR Nethanna Nestham, nearly 81,000 families have benefited, all of whom are BCs. Under YSR Matsakara Bharosa, 1.07 lakh BC families have benefited while 2.27 lakh BC families have benefitted under Jaganannna Chedhodu, the CM said. He further said that YSR Aarogyasri had benefitted 5.24 lakh BCs, YSR Aarogya Asara 1.38 lakh BCs, YSR Pension Kanuka 30.27 lakh BCs, and YSR Aasara 42.60 lakh BC women.

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