Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday said two lakh families will be benefitted from the Dalit Bandhu scheme every year.

KCR said every year two-lakh Dalit families will get benefit from the scheme. "More funds will be allocated for the scheme if needed," he said.

The CM said Dalit Bandhu is a unique programme for marginalized sections of society. "We are the designers and implementers of the programme. By making the scheme successful, we will create a template for Dalit empowerment," he said.

He said funds for the scheme will be earmarked in the budget from the next financial year. "Dalit Bandhu Scheme was formulated after a series of discussions with all the political parties and community representatives. Around Rs 1000 crore was allocated for the scheme," he said.

Telangana Dalit Bandhu is being implemented as a pilot project in Chintakani Mandal ( Madhira Assembly Segment in the east), Tirmalgiri Mandal (in Tungaturthy Assembly segment in the North), Charagondu Mandal (Achampet Kaluwakurty Segments) in the west Nizam Sagar Mandal in Jukkal segment along with Vasala Marri ( adopted village by CM) and Huzurabad.

He said that funds were released as promised for Vasala Marri and Huzurabad. The CM announced that funds would be released for the four Mandals in four districts in a phased manner.

"From the day Telangana state was formed, welfare schemes like Rythu Bandhu were implemented. Dalits never objected to these schemes. They however wanted schemes for their welfare and development. With the same spirit, other communities should support the Dalit Bandhu Scheme," he said.

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