Sriramulu inaugurates various ST welfare programs at Mysuru dist

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Moraji Desai Residential School in T. Narsipur, hostels in Mysuru open

Moraji Desai Residential School in T. Narsipur, hostels in Mysuru open

Minister of Welfare and Transport, B. Sriramulu on Saturday launched a series of Scheduled Tribes Welfare Department programs and distributed various benefits to beneficiaries belonging to Scheduled Tribes under Karnataka Maharshi programs Valmiki Scheduled Tribes Development Corporation, in Mysuru neighborhood.

The day started for the minister with the inauguration of the new building of the Morarji Desai boarding school at T Bettahalli in the taluk of T Narsipur. The school building was constructed at a cost of ₹16.98 crore to accommodate 260 students belonging to rural areas.

Mr. Sriramulu accompanied by the Minister in Charge of Mysuru District S. T. Somashekar then inaugurated the post-matrix and pre-matrix hostels constructed at a cost of ₹5.31 crore at Paramahamsa Nagar in Srirampura here. These hostels, which also have a computer lab and a library, can accommodate 250 students.

The new building of the Karnataka State Tribal Research Institute, which cost ₹9 crore at the Kergalli treasury employee arrangement here, was the next to be inaugurated by the minister.

Beneficiaries belonging to Scheduled Tribes received financial assistance and other benefits at a cost of approximately ₹2 crore from the Department and the Society. A sum of ₹68.50 lakh was paid to 25 couples who opted for inter-caste marriage. Seven beneficiaries got passenger and cargo vehicles costing ₹18.48 lakh. As many as 76 beneficiaries received a sum of ₹38 lakh under the direct loan scheme, while ₹30 lakh was disbursed to 120 beneficiaries under the microcredit scheme to make them self-employed.

The beneficiaries received these benefits from the minister during the program held at KSOU Convocation Hall later in the evening.

In his remarks at the reception, the Minister said the department needs to investigate whether communities are benefiting from social welfare programs as he believes beneficiaries have not developed as expected. “If there are shortcomings in achieving the benefits, they should be corrected because our goal is the welfare of the people,” he said.

Many programs are launched and the government sets aside a large part of the funds for the well-being of the communities. Using these advantages, development must take place. “We have to look at whether the communities are happy or if they yearn for something more for their well-being. People need to live with dignity. Their economic and social development is our goal,” the minister said.

Mr. Sriramulu called on women to reap the benefits as 28% of the budget is earmarked for women’s welfare and empowerment.

The Minister also announced that he would help the beneficiaries to construct boreholes on their land if there was no water source. Under the Ganga Kalyana scheme, those who got 2 acres of land from the department will also get a water source so that they can carry out their crops. Within 24 hours of digging the boreholes, they would get pumps and a power connection, he added.

Department Director Kantharaj, Company MD Kavitha M. Warangal, senior officials and directors of the department were present.

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