Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Atrocities on Dalits -- Govt has not taken adequate action

CHITRADURGA

Cases of atrocities on Dalits in the State is on the rise and the government has failed to such cases effectively, State DSS Bangalore Zonal Covenor Lakshminarayan Nagavar has alleged here today.

He was addressing a press conference here today. It is only after the Congress government has come to power in the State that atrocities on Dalits are on the rise, he said. The government has taken a negligent stance over the issue and instead of bringing the culprits to book, it is protecting them, Mr Nagavar charged. Though Home Minister Mallikarjun Kharge hails from the Dalit community, he has failed to come to the rescue of the Dalits, Mr Nagavar said.

Social Welfare Minister M Krishnappa is attempting to gain publicity by way of his Janata Darshan programmes, the DSS leader said. The government has obtained information from the deputy commissioner in connection with atrocities on Dalits, but has failed to take any action.

The backlog vacancies meant for Dalits have not been filled up constitutionally, he said. Announcements regarding filling up of these posts are made by the Krishna-led government on Ambedkar Jayanthi every year, but the promises have not been kept, Mr Nagavar said. He urged that action be taken against senior officials of the respective departments if the posts are not filled up.

The government should increase the scholarship amount being given to Dalit students. Every Dalit student intending to study in hostels in the State should provided with opportunities, he said.

OFFICE-BEARERS: The Samithi has called for a meeting on Sept 21 -22 in Bangalore to elect new office-bearers, Mr Nagavar said.

Dalit Sangharsh Samithi district Convenor H Mahantesh, Mr B H Nandyappa Attigere, Davangere district unit Nagaraj Kodaganur, Mr S A Narayanmurthy and others were present.

Source: Deccan Herald, September 10, 2002

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