Vijayawada: Adhering to its policy of social justice, the state government-appointed 481 directors to 47 corporations prioritizing women and members from the weaker sections.
Releasing the details during a press conference here, government advisor (public affairs) Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy said that chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had once again showed his commitment to social justice and women empowerment by allotting 52 percent of seats to women and 58 percent posts to candidates from the SC, ST, BC and minority communities.
Jagan had personally made these appointments by considering all the aspects in a most transparent way that fulfills the dream of empowering weaker sections, he said. The previous government had never taken up such a task and a major chunk had gone to upper castes, he said.
He said that TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu had used BC, SC, ST and minorities only as a vote bank. Unlike Chandrababu, Jagan will always strive for the upliftment of weaker sections and will bring them to the forefront where they can be part of decision-making.
Minister for BC Welfare, Ch Venugopala Krishna said that the previous TDP government had betrayed BC's and used them only as a vote bank during elections. He said that the chief minister had stood by the weaker sections at all times and provided almost Rs 1,04,240 crore through DBT and another Rs 1,40,438 crore through non-DBT schemes benefitting SC, ST, BC and minorities.
Home minister Mekathoti Sucharita said that as always the chief minister has given a lion's share to the women reflecting true empowerment. She said that the chief minister had also prioritized women in nominated posts, state cabinet and even provided schemes like Aasara, Cheyutha, Ammavodi to empower women. As many as 31 lakh house pattas were given to women.
MP Nandigam Suresh and MLA Meruga Nagarjuna lauded the chief minister for ensuring social justice and giving priority to women and the weaker sections in the appointment of directors to the corporations.