HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao said the Dalit Bandhu scheme would be extended to 13 lakh Dalit families in Telangana in a phased manner after launching the scheme in Huzurabad on August 16.
The Chief Minister said, of the total 16 lakh to 17 lakh SC Dalit families in the state, eligible families could be around 12 lakh to 13 lakh, who would get Rs 10 lakh each under the Dalit Bandhu, adding that his government was ready to spend more than Rs 1 lakh crore on this scheme aimed for the social and economic empowerment of Dalits.
He said steps were being taken to select 100 beneficiary Dalit families in each Assembly constituency this year. Rao was addressing a public meeting in Halia in Nagarjunasagar Assembly constituency on Monday.
The Chief Minister visited the constituency for the first time after winning the bypoll in May with a big majority and held a meeting in Halia with ministers, officials, MLAs and party leaders to review the status of…