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Telangana HC verdict shows TRS politically misused Dalit Bandhu: Congress

The Congress party appreciated the Telangana High Court’s verdict calling for impartiality in the selection of Dalit Bandhu scheme beneficiaries on Friday.

In a media statement, Congress MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy and TPCC SC Cell Chairman Preetam said that the High Court’s decision vindicated the Congress party’s allegation of partiality and politicization of the Dalit Bandhu scheme.

“I’ve pointed out on multiple occasions that the local TRS MLAs were misusing the Dalit Bandhu schemes for cheap political gains. They were selecting beneficiaries by taking huge commissions up to Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. Now the High Court has made it clear that the recommendation of MLAs is not required and only the committee set by the State Government must evaluate applications,” they said, adding that the committees must consist of only officials and not TRS party functionaries, as is currently the case.

It should be noted that Jannu Nutan Babu and three others filed a complaint with the High Court alleging that the Warangal District Collector was not considering their application for the Dalit Bandhu scheme because they were not members of the TRS party.

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The petitioners claimed they were educated and unemployed and deserved financial assistance under the scheme.

However, because their names were not recommended by the local TRS MLA, the Warangal District Collector did not forward their application to the relevant committee. Following the hearing of the petition, Justice P Madhavi Devi directed that the petitioners’ applications be referred to an appropriate committee for verification and consideration in accordance with the rules and order of preference.

“The High Court has delivered a landmark judgment and this will benefit thousands of poor SC families across the Telangana State who were being deprived of Dalit Bandhu beneficiaries by the corrupt TRS MLAs. This is a slap on the face of chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao who is trying to manipulate the entire system by linking welfare schemes with the ruling TRS party. In view of the High Court’s verdict, the state government must ensure that the committee which evaluates the applications is allowed to function independently and transparently,” he demanded.

Uttam Kumar Reddy also stated that the Warangal district collector’s refusal to entertain Dalit Bandhu applications in the absence of a recommendation from a TRS MLA revealed how the ruling party was attempting to control the executive. Furthermore, he stated that many IAS and IPS officers have worked as TRS functionaries.

“They are simply following the dictates of TRS bosses on all matters and not giving any prominence to the rules and regulations. We’ve witnessed many IAS & IPS officers indulging in sycophancy of chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao. A few of them even touched KCR’s feet in full public view. One of them resigned and joined the TRS to become an MLC. Recently, another IAS officer and Director of the Medical & Health Dept Dr. G. Srinivas Rao touched CM KCR’s feet. Such officers cannot do their job honestly in a transparent manner,” he said.

The Congress MP reiterated the demand that Gram Sabha be given the authority to choose Dalit Bandhu beneficiaries. He warned that the next Congress government would take action against such sycophant officials on a priority basis, stating that the Congress party was set to return to power in 2023.




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