Telangana chief minister showers sops on many sections

Free electricity limit for scheduled castes increased, imams and priests to get more benefits

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced sops for various sections of the society on Friday.

The slew of announcements include up to 101 units of free electricity for scheduled castes and scheduled tribe families, setting up of community complexes for all the castes in Hyderabad city, payment of a monthly remuneration of Rs5,000 to all the imams and muezzins of mosques in the state and bringing the priests of temples under state endowments department on par with the government employees.

According to an official press release the free electricity limit for the domestic consumption of scheduled castes and scheduled families has been increased from 50 units to 101 units as the chief minister felt that the earlier limit was not sufficient due to the use of TV and other home appliances. The electricity bills for this service will be paid by the state government to the power distribution companies. He said in view of increase in power production in the state, its benefits should also reach the downtrodden.

For the construction of “Atma Gaurava Bhavans” (community complexes) in Hyderabad, the chief minister said that the land and the funds will be allocated by the state government. He said the community complexes will be constructed for every caste for their social, cultural, educational and financial advancement. He said that Rs100 million and 10 acres of land has been allocated for this purpose.

The chief minister also announced that the monthly remuneration of imams and muezzins of the mosques will be increased to Rs5,000 from Rs1,500 from September 1. As many as 9,000 imams and muezzins will benefit from this step.

The chief minister also announced that the archakas performing priestly duties in temples under endowment departments will be paid salaries on par with the government employees from September 1. Their retirement age has also been increased to to 65 years from 58 years.

He also announced that the salaries of employees working in 29 mini gurukulams have also been increased. The headmasters and wardens will now get Rs21,000 per month instead of Rs5,000 and sweepers Rs7,500 per month instead of Rs2,500.


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