Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy orders caste census, chalk out plans for Gurukul schools

Other discussions at the review meeting included new buildings for select Gurukal schools and setting up of Integrated Education Hubs.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Jan 27, 2024 | 9:03 PMUpdatedJan 27, 2024 | 9:04 PM

CM Revanth Reddy at the review meeting. (X)

The Telangana government would soon take up caste census in the state.

Chief Minister Revanth Reddy, on Saturday, 27 January, directed the officials to conduct a caste census in the state.

At a meeting held in the state Secretariat, he stated that the census would ensure the accurate allocation of the benefits of welfare schemes, besides aiding in designing welfare initiatives based on the population of diverse castes, especially those belonging to Backward Classes.

The call for a caste census in Telangana has been persistent, with the Congress acknowledging its necessity during the elections.

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Plans for Gurukul schools

Referring to Gurukul schools, the chief minister requested details on schools operating in rented versus owned buildings. For those lacking their own space, he urged swift submission of proposals and tasked officials with identifying suitable locations for the construction of buildings.

Revanth Reddy emphasised the prompt clearance of bills for Gurukul schools through a streamlined green channel payment system.

Underlining the need for enhanced implementation of the Mahatma Jyotibha Phule Overseas Scholarship Scheme, officials were directed to streamline the process to maximise student participation. A framework to identify top foreign universities based on institutional rankings is also in the pipeline.

The chief minister said that all the SC, ST, and BC Gurukul institutions should be set up in the Integrated Educational Hub rather than in different places. He wanted proposals to be prepared to build an integrated hub in every Assembly Constituency.

Officials were instructed to promptly identify suitable locations for educational hubs in all constituency headquarters. As an alternative, the chief minister suggested towns or mandal headquarters, if lands are unavailable in the Assembly segment headquarters.

Revanth Reddy expressed the government’s intention to seek corporate assistance for constructing education hubs, utilising Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds.

These funds would cover building construction, acquiring necessary infrastructure, and providing essentials like blankets, notebooks, uniforms, and books for students.

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Other discussions

Reviewing the implementation of the Kalyanamastu and Shaadi Mubarak schemes, the chief minister urged officials to draft budget estimates for providing one tola of gold as a gift to brides, alongside the existing cash incentives.

In a subsequent review of irrigation projects with Irrigation Minister N Uttam Kumar Reddy, the chief minister prioritised the completion of SLBC tunnel construction, emphasising its significance in providing water to approximately four lakh acres upon completion.

He urged officials to expedite the Narayanpet-Kodangal Lift Irrigation scheme, expressing dissatisfaction with its slow progress.