Dalit Bandhu scheme: Telangana govt releases Rs 500 Cr; 5000 Huzurabad families to benefit

Telangana government on Thursday ordered the release of Rs 500 crore for the Dalit Bandhu scheme.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  30 July 2021 3:52 AM GMT
Dalit Bandhu scheme: Telangana govt releases Rs 500 Cr; 5000 Huzurabad families to benefit

Hyderabad: Telangana government on Thursday ordered the release of Rs 500 crore for the Dalit Bandhu scheme.

The Scheme is to be launched in Huzurabad next month on pilot basis. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao will transfer Rs 500 crore into the bank accounts of 5,000 Dalit families in Huzurabad constituency next month.

Each family will receive Rs 10 lakh each. The finance department on Thursday issued orders releasing Rs 500 crore for the purpose. The funds were released to the SC Development Department under the CM Dalit Empowerment Programme, a new scheme announced in the state budget 2021-22

The budget release order was specifically issued for the first two quarters ending September given the by-election to Huzurabad Assembly constituency. A budgetary allocation of Rs 1,000 crore was made in 2021-22 Budget under the CM Dalit Empowerment Programme.

Dalit Bandhu pilot project will be implemented in Huzurabad. If successful, the scheme will be implemented in other parts of the State. So the SC Development Department is most likely to spend Rs 500 crore in Huzurabad.

Under the Dalit Bandhu Scheme, the government will deposit Rs 10 lakh into the beneficiary's bank account. If the entire Rs 500 crore is spent in Huzurabad, then 5,000 SC families will be benefited in the segment slated for a by-poll.

The government has roped in many survey teams. They have been visiting every Dalitwada in Huzurabad for the past two days to gather details about their choices on using the scheme benefits.

The programme envisaged a direct benefit transfer of Rs 10 lakh without any bank linkage as investment support for starting businesses. It includes buying a power tiller, paddy planting machines, auto-trolleys, or tractors for their farms to setting up a poultry farm, dairy farm, oil mill, grinding mill, steel, cement, and bricks business, furniture shops, cloth emporiums, mobile phone shops, or even tiffin centers and eateries.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao recently announced that reservations will be provided to SCs in allotment of licensed businesses like rice mills, fertilizer, liquor, and medical shops as part of dovetailing them with the programme.

As a pilot project in Huzurabad, it was conceived to benefit 20,000 beneficiaries. Over a period of time, it would cost Rs 2,000 crore.

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