Udupi, Apr 02, 2016: Speaking after distributing benefits of various government schemes to beneficiaries belonging to the minority communities, he said financial and social support need to be provided to a lot of people to bring them to the mainstream of the society.
Legislator Pramodh Madhwaraj said the government is committed to empowerment of the Backward Classes, SC/ST and minority communities which make up 80 per cent of the total population in the state.
MLA Madhwaraj said Constitution upholds the rights entrusted to all citizens, irrespective of their caste, creed and religion.
"None of us have any rights to question the initiatives taken in the direction of empowering the weaker sections," he said.
The MLA urged the people to not link the issues with political agenda as the initiatives taken are purely for the sake of uplifting weaker sections in order to bring those people into the mainstream of the society. People belonging to Backward Classes, SC/ST and minority communities should demand their rights as empowerment is the privilege entrusted to them through the statues of the Constitution, he added.
Pointing out that the inefficiency of the government machinery would end up in the failures of effective implementation of welfare programmes, the MLA directed the officials to reach targets and provide a transparent administration.
"Udupi is a district where the officials work sincerely to reach the target and ensure effective implementation of various welfare programmes," he said.
He urged the beneficiaries not to entertain middlemen and they should have direct contact with the government departments.
Benefits worth Rs 13.75 lakh were given away to the beneficiaries on the occasion. About 564 beneficiaries were given away facilities worth Rs 126.18 lakh, under the schemes like Swavalamban, Shramshakthi, microloan, Arivu, Gangak-alyana and others. Eight SHGs, comprising 100 beneficiaries, were given loans up to Rs 10 lakh. Fifty per cent in this amount was provided in the form of subsidy.