Hyderabad: Telangana government has rolled out a new scheme for the empowerment of Dalits in the state.

'Telangana Dalita Bandhu' will be launched in Huzurabad Assembly Constituency on a pilot basis and gradually it will be implemented across the state.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao chaired a high-level meeting and gave a green signal for 'Telangana Dalita Bandhu'.

An official spokesman said the CM will decide the date for the formal launch However, the situation of Dalit families in the Huzurabad Constituency will be studied first. Later based on the guidelines, the beneficiaries will be selected.

There are 5323 Dalit families in Huzurabad Mandal, 4346 families in Kamalapur Mandal, 3678 families in Veenavanka mandal, 4996 Dalit families in Jammikunta Mandal and 2586 families in Illanthagunta Mandal.

Around 20, 929 families under the Huzurabad Assembly segment would be scrutinized for the selection of the beneficiaries. For eligible families, according to the guidelines, Dalita Bandhu Scheme would be implemented under saturation mode.

"Based on the experience at the ground level in the Pilot Assembly segment, it will be easy for the officials to review and implement Dalita Bandhu Scheme all over the State. In the pilot project implementation along with the collectors, selected officers would take part. A workshop would be conducted for them shortly" the CM said.

KCR said the Telangana Dalit Bandhu scheme would have three stages. "First comes monitoring, second evaluation of results, and third safety fund for the beneficiaries," he said.

Under the scheme, Rs 10 lakh cash will be given to the beneficiary. "In case Dalit family faces an emergency, the Government Safety Fund will come to their rescue. It provides a safety shield. The aim of the scheme is to empower take Dalit families and elevate their status," he said.

"There is a need to implement Telangana Dalita Bandhu Scheme effectively at the field level. The official machinery, which will implement the scheme, should be selected based on how they understand the idea and implement it but not in a routine manner. No government can implement the scheme without complete data and statistics," he said

KCR said Dalits have lost faith due to the faulty policies implemented by the past rulers. "Their mistrust should be removed. There is a responsibility on us to make the Dalits believe that the government is thinking about them and their development. We have to repose faith in them. There is a need to give proper guidance and implement and monitor the Dalita Bandhu scheme," he said.

The CM also made it clear that the government would not tolerate any laxity shown while implementing the scheme. He said there is economic discrimination among other castes in the country, but Dalits face societal discrimination for decades.

He said the government is committed to removing economic and societal discrimination against Dalits. Like the Rythu Bandhu scheme for farmers, Dalita Bandhu Scheme would empower the marginalized section of society. He recalled that the recent Dalit public representatives meeting suggested that financial assistance should be directly given to the Dalit families.

The CM financial assistance will be directly transferred into the bank account of Dalits under the scheme would get the assistance. The CM instructed that the Dalit family profiles should be prepared.

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