BC study circles to be strengthened

Based on feedback available from officials, strengthening and reorganising BC study circles in the State will be considered, Principal Secretary, BC Welfare, B. Udayalakshmi has said.

The BC study circles at district-level at present did not have full-time directors or faculty and it was suggested that instead of at districts, consolidation at regional level should be taken up, she told reporters here on Monday.

The issue would be further discussed with the Minister and a decision would be taken, she said.

Ms. Udayalakshmi, who held a meeting with officials of the three districts here, said to improve conditions assistant BC welfare officers were asked to sleep once in a week at the hostels and district-level officials twice a month.

She said a meeting would be held with identified leaders of the Most Backward Classes, for which a corporation had been formed, later this week to wean them away from begging and nomadic living. The procedures of extending loans to societies under various federations had been simplified, she said.

She said for giving away the “Chandranna Pellikanuka” of ₹25000 to BC couples getting married online process would be initiated.

Under NTR Videsi Vidya 600 BC students went abroad for education in 2016-17, she said.

To improve conditions in BC hostels, officials were asked to provide mosquito nets with assistance under CSR or seeking funds from the Collector’s grants.

Answering questions, she said complaints about corporate and private colleges not reimbursing tuition fee to intermediate students and the reported anomaly of university PG students getting mess charges of ₹ 682 and those of students-managed hostels of affiliated colleges ₹1050 would be looked into.

MBC Managing Director B. Nagabhushanam and Washer-men Federation Chairman Rajahmundry Narayana were present.

During her visit, Ms. Udayalakshmi interacted with students of Visakha Government Junior College for Women on payment of scholarships and maitenance charges and reimbursement of tuition fee and the feedback was “positive.” She also interacted with parents of students who went abroad with government funding.

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