Development & welfare my religion: Minister KTR

Sircilla: IT Minister KT Rama Rao has asserted that development and welfare are his caste and his religion and treats all religions and castes equally.

He said he did not know much about caste since he was born in Karimnagar and studied in convent schools in Hyderabad and only knew about them when he is entered politics. He also said he stood aloof from castes and religious madness.

On Friday, Rama Rao held a meeting with community leaders from British Columbia. Speaking on the occasion, he noted that poverty has no caste or religion and reiterated that his mission is to uplift all communities and want everyone to progress.

The Chief Minister gives priority to all castes and religions. The government has established 169 BC Gurukuls in Telangana while there were only 16 BC Gurukuls in former Andhra Pradesh, the minister said.

He said the second tranche of the sheep distribution program would soon be launched and the animals would be handed over to other beneficiaries. Telangana Golla Kurumas has benefited more than any other Indian state, he added.

Rama Rao said financial assistance has already been provided to Padmashali and Reddy communities in the district for the construction of Atma Gourava Bhavans. A reception hall as well as hostels for boys and girls would be built in the allocated space.

Earlier, the minister had a special meeting with district attorneys at the Collectorate. Later, he addressed the swearing-in ceremony for new members of the Reddy Association at the district headquarters. There were poor Reddys in the state. A decision on the establishment of the Reddy Corporation will be discussed with CM KCR as soon as possible, he added.

The meeting was attended by President of Zilla Praja Parishad Nyalakonda Aruna Raghava Reddy, Additional District Collectors B Satya Prasad and Khimya Nayak, RDO Srinivasa Rao, Municipal Presidents Jindam Kala Chakrapani, Madhavi Raju of Ramatirtha and others.

Minnie J. Leonard