Telangana State government has renamed the Social Welfare Department as Scheduled Castes Development Department. T State Chief Minister Sri K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who is giving top priority to welfare departments and is holding all the welfare portfolios, has decided to rename these wings as “Development” departments. Welfare departments for SCs, STs, BCs and minorities were created ago and continue to function even now. Ever since Sri K. Chandrasekhar Rao charge as first Chief Minister of Telangana State, he has been conveying his displeasure over naming them as “Welfare” departments, saying that term ‘welfare’ refers to providing minimal level of wellbeing and social to weaker sections, while his government has big plans for their development.
The T state government plans to spend Rs.1 crore in the next five years for the development of these sections in all spheres. The government of Telangana has issued orders renaming the Social Welfare Department as Scheduled Castes Development Department on 05-07-2014.
Government of Telangana, General Administration Department has issued Government Order Ms.No.16 on 5th July 2014. In this Order T State Government has changed the nomenclature of Social Welfare Department, Telangana Secretariat as Scheduled Caste Development Department. In this regarding the General Administration (Cabinet) Department are requested to take necessary action to issue amendment to the First Schedule of the Telangana Government Business Rules.
Scheduled Caste Development Department
The Scheduled Caste Development Department of the Telangana State Government is dedicated to the integrated and overall development of Scheduled Castes. The Department is headed by Commissioner of SCD Department. At District level the District Collectors are mainly implementing the schemes.
The main objectives of the Scheduled Caste Development Department are:
Strive for educational advancement of Scheduled Castes.
Help in the socio-economic development of Scheduled Castes.
Ensure Development and protection of Scheduled Castes.
Implement programmes of Social defence such as 1) homes for orphan children. 2) Rehabilitation of Jogins. 3) Bonded labourers and scavenger, pensions to poor widow and house-sites to weaker sections