While presiding over the Conference on working of National Commission for SC, ST & OBCs and Progressive Policies of Union Government at Hyderabad, today, Governor Bandaru Dattatraya said that more than half of the country’s population belongs to the schedule caste, schedule tribes and Other Backward Class (OBC) community. The social empowerment of its marginalised sections was the highest priority for any society and said that this was possible with a conscientious government willing to go that extra mile in ensuring that the weak were truly empowered. The Governor said that during last 4-5 years, there has been a series of measures taken by the government to make sure that the weakest and the most underprivileged sections of society get their full due. The Union Government has strengthened the SC and the ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and ensured greater protection for SC/STs, he added. He said that the constitutional status granted to the National Commission for Backward Classes also speaks of the government’s concerns for the OBCs and this was a long pending demand that was finally expedited by the Union government. He said that the NCBC now has the powers of a civil court and another big step taken for the OBCs was the formation of a commission for their bifurcation into sub-groups. The financial commitment of the government to the welfare of SCs and STs was attested by the fact that as compared to the budgetary allocation of Rs 66,159 crores during 2013-14, the amount has been substantially raised to Rs 1.26 lakh crore for the 2019-20 period, said that Governor.
Shri Dattaraya said that by employing legislative measures coupled with other ways, the messaging was clear that the government would truly empower the weakest sections of our society and empowerment of the weak empowers the society as a whole.Arjun Ram Meghwal, Union Minister of State water resources, rural development and parliamentary affairs also detailed the various schemes and programmes of the union government for the welfare of the weaker section of the society.
G.K. Reddy, Union Minister of State for Home affairs thanked Prime Minister Narender Modi for ensuring all assistance to this section of the society.Earlier, K. Ramulu, Member National Commission for SCs welcomed the Governor and ministers on the occasion.Later, the Governor also participated in the felicitation function organized by the Kurma Sangam at Muslimjungpul in Hyderabad. Shaitan Singh, President of All India Paul Samaj and Yegge Mallesham MLC President, Kurma Samaj welcomed and honoured the Governor on the occasion.