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Ramdas Athawale
Ramdas Athawale

Union Minister proposes increase in cash incentive for inter-caste marriages

Hyderabad, Sept 25 (INN): Union Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Ramdas Athawale said that the caste system in the country can be annihilated through inter-caste marriages.

Addressing a Press Conference here on Sunday, he said that there is a need to increase cash incentive to those couple who undergo inter-caste marriages from the state governments and there is a proposal to enhance the amount for Ambedkar Foundation.

Athawale informed that 900 inter-caste marriages had taken place in Telangana during the last financial year and the state is giving Rs. 50,000/- to the couple as incentive. He urged the State Government to increase the amount up to Rs. 1 lakh.

He stated that SC, ST and other Backward sections, who constitutes 77% of total population, but were allocated only 49.5 % reservations, he said. There is a need to provide reservations for other sections for this the government has to look for all options including constitutional amendment, he said. Shri Athawale said that he supports the reservation demand for Marathas, Jats and Patels in educational institutions and employment without disturbing the quota of OBC reservations.

The Union Minister appreciated the welfare schemes being implemented by Telangana State Government. The Pre, Post-matric scholarships scheme, Kalyanalaxmi scheme are benefiting scheduled casts, he said.

Athawale, strongly condemned the recent attacks on Army camp at Uri. “The Prime Minister is very serious on this issue, tough actions will be taken against the responsible, he said. He informed that, his party Republican Party of India is in favour of smaller states in the country.

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