Telangana Education: alone can put SCs and STs on the path of progress

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and TRS leaders pay tribute to Babu Jagjivan Ram on his 108th birth anniversary in Hyderabad on Sunday

The Telangana government is contemplating setting up more residential schools in the State to improve the lot of weaker sections. It will soon hold consultations with intellectuals and make an announcement before the commencement of the next academic year, said Finance Minister Etala Rajender.

He was addressing the 108{+t}{+h}birth anniversary celebrations of Dalit leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Babu Jagjivan Ram, here on Sunday. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao did not address the programme but merely garlanded the statue of Jagjivan Ram and left. Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari occupied the dais for sometime and left without speaking.

Mr. Rajender, who is the chairman of official celebrations committee of Jagjivan Ram and Ambedkar birth anniversaries, said that education alone would put SCs and STs on the path of progress. Babu Jagjivan Ram and his wife, Savitri Bai, did a lot to propagate education among the weaker sections. Not many know that Mr. Jagivan Ram was the one who amended the labour law for the betterment of the working class.

The TRS government believes that ‘Bangaru Telangana’ cannot be realised without the Dalits and weaker sections progressing. The schemes introduced for them in the budget show the government’s sincerity.

My own appointment as Finance Minister explains the government’s commitment for weaker sections, Mr. Rajender said. He expressed happiness at the naming of a woman, Jeeva Madiga, as deputy chairperson of the celebration committee. Mr. Rajender recalled how he had studied in a social welfare hospital in 1976 and come up in life. There are many persons who made it big in the same way. He said supply of fine rice had improved attendance in social welfare hostels. But this is not sufficient and a lot remains to be done, he added. TRS MP Balka Suman, said it was wrong to categorise Baba Saheb Ambedkar and Babu Jagivan Ram as Dalit leaders. They belonged to the entire country. Mr. Suman expressed happiness that the Chief Minister had made Etala Rajender, a BC, the chairman of the celebration committee.