BIRU NEPALI-BUTWAL: Minister of Health and Population Lumbini Province Indrajit Tharu said the Dalit community has to face disgrace because of the feudal thinking and capitalist structure of the society. Tharu said the constitution has clearly mentioned Dalit’s right but there was problem in its implementation. While addressing at the discussions with stakeholders on the bill about Dalit empowerment organized by Jagaran Media Centre last week he said the government was positive on drafting separate law to ensure rights of Dalits. He also asked the participants to suggest lack of laws on which specific sectors have affected the implementation of the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the Dalit community. “The presence of Dalit community is seen at the parliament and the governments just because the constitution has made the representation mandatory,” Tharu said. “Since Dalit community has been underprivileged in every sector including economic, social, and health a special provision should be made for them.”
He also said there is an urgent need of creating awareness among other communities to end the discrimination and other bad traditions.
Member of the Constituent Assembly Binod Pahadi said the Dalit empowerment bill was essential to resolve the problems of Dalits at the Lumbini province and also to send message to the country. Members of Lumbini Provincial Assembly Deepa Bishworkarma and Jalpa Bhusal also expressed their commitment for the separate law for Dalit empowerment.
Rupandehi Secretary of CPN (Unified Socialist) Abiram Bishwokarma, advocate Padam Bahadur Karki and Dalit leaders Lok Bahadur Nepali, Arjun Rasaili, Sabitra Bishwokarma, Yam Bahadur Sunar, Ram Bahadur Bishwokarma, Sumitra Baral, Kanti Pariyar, Sabi BK had presented their views among others. Chaired by Lumbini coordinator of Jagaran Media Center Binod Pariyar, the interaction was conducted by Ambika Pariyar.
WASHINGTON, DECEMBER 7:
A group of civil rights organisations including International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) have submitted a policy memorandum to the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the US Department of State requesting the Department recognize and elevate the important of fighting case-based discrimination across the world.
The rights organisations calling for the attention of the US Department of State include Hindus for Human Rights (HfHR), Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus Sadhana, Boston Study Group and Dalit Solidarity Forum and South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) besies the International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR).
“We strongly believe that recognizing and elevating caste based discrimination internationally represents a fundamental human rights issue and aligns with US foreign policy goals, especially as it champions democracy and inclusion in its upcoming Democracy Summit,”states the released issued on Thursday. “We provided multiple recommendations of various complexity to the US Department of State that would help progress the US’s leadership on this issue.”
The civil rights organisations have said they have recommended that the Department include caste-based discrimination within the human rights section of the White House Summit for Democracy on December 9 and 10, as well as within the commitments that relevant national governments are expected to bring to the Summit.
“We further recommended for action the Department take a renewed focus
on caste discrimination by increasing programming and research funding to the issue, reviewing and refining existent policies—including immigration policies—to account for caste discrimination, and engage with interagency partners and non-governmental organization partners to advance the issue,” the release states.
According to recent estimates in South Asia, over 300 million Dalits are impacted every day by caste-based atrocities, lynching, and discriminatory practices that were formally outlawed by national constitutions and international laws.
Congress has already recognized that caste-based discrimination exists and is unacceptable in India and other South Asian countries. In 2007, the 110th Congress (2007-2008) passed the historic House Concurrent Resolution (H.Con.Res.139), “expressing that ‘caste-based discrimination’ is unacceptable and the United States is committed to eliminating it and ensuring the human dignity and rights of Dalits by the U.S. government or U.S. organizations.”
The civil rights organisations also believe that the upcoming Democracy Summit would be a prime opportunity for the US to be a leader on caste-based discrimination issues, and that leadership on that issue now and in the future will be strategically advantageous for US foreign policy interests.
KATHMANDU: The fifth national conference of Dalit Liberation Front, Nepal affiliated to Communist Party of Nepal led by Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplav’ concluded on November 15 changing its name as Labourer Community Front, Nepal.
The Conference held at Dhangadhi has elected a 61-member Central Committee led by Ramlal Bishwokarma of Dailekh. The team includes Jitendra Mahara(Morang) as vice-chair, Trilochan Bishwakarma (Bhojpur) as general secretary, Umesh CK(Kaski) and Ramkumar Paswan (Siraha) as secretaries and Janaki Barah (Rupandehi) the treasurer.
The leaders of different mass organizations affiliated to CPN and Dalit associations and organizations of different political parties were seated as guests and delivered speech wishing for the success of the conference.
Along with traditional musical instruments like Panche Baja and dances like Mayur Nach, Tharu Nach and Hudke Nach, a huge rally marched chanting various slogans from Chauraha to Khulla Manch of Dhangadhi in Kailali before the inauguration function on November 13.
Inaugurating the function General Secretary of the CPN Biplav said the labourer community is not a slave of the ruling class but the builder of the world.
“People of this community are scientists equipped with crafts and arts,” he said. He further stated that this community could only be liberated if the varnashram– the caste system and comprador capitalist parliamentary system ends and scientific socialism was established.
During the closed session of the conference on November 14, Chairman Dambar Bahadur Bishwakarma and General Secretary Ramlal Bishwokarma presented a political document and the organizational statute respectively.
Both the documents were endorsed by the 250 delegated present from all over the country and abroad after discussions.
The three-member team conducting the election after the central committee led by Dambar Bahadur Bishwokarma was dissolved, had presented a list of 61-member new central committee which was unanimously elected by the hall.
During the concluding session, on behalf of the central committee, newly elected chairman Ramlal Bishwokarma thanked everyone for playing a significant role in making the conference successful.
BIRU NEPALI, – BUTWAL: Lumbini Provincial Assembly members have expressed commitment to end caste-based discrimination and untouchability rampant in the province.
The members of the provincial assembly expressed their commitment at an interaction organised by Jagaran Media Centre on October 28.
Addressing the function member of the Constituent Assembly Binod Pahadi pointed out that the political parties have failed to institutionalize the social changes and therefore now the members of the Dalit communities cannot even win at the ward committees which shows that the society has backtracked.
Also the leader of the Dalit rights Pahadi suggested the members of the provincial assembly to come up with resolution proposal to end the untouchability in the province.
Whip of Nepali Congress Nirmala Chhetri said every citizen should begin a campaign from their own home and their kitchen since the issues of Dalit is country’s problem.
She said media should prioritize the issues of Dalit and other marginalized groups when they were raised in the provincial assembly.
Another member of the provincial assembly Jalpa Bhusal said all the communities of the society should focus to end untouchability not only members of the assembly.
Kamala Bishworkarma, member of the provincial assembly, said Dalit community was forced to act as opposition whichever party leads the government.
“Why do we need to revolt whoever leads the government? UML, Maoist, Congress all have reached to the government,” Bishwokarma asked. “Why didn’t the thinking of the parties change? Changes didn’t institutionalize.”
She said other members of the provincial assembly do not speak when there is any incident related to Dalit community. “Not based on the crime, people speak on the basis of whose person s/he was,” she said.
Another member of the assembly Pushpa Chaudhary opined that social discrimination could not end and therefore it was people’s representatives who need to bring change.
During the function Member of the Tilottama Municipality executive member HB Ramtel said political parties could not manage the political changes in the country.
Chairperson of the Jagaran Media Centre Kamala Bishwokarma, who is also a member of the Constituent Assembly, chaired the function conducted by Ambika Pariyar.
The interaction was a part of Centre’s regular discussion series with the members of the provincial assemblies on caste-based discrimination and untouchability and has been lobbying for drafting necessary laws to end such discriminations from the society.
Agra: Azad Samaj Party chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Friday demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged custodial death of Arun Valmiki, a Dalit sanitation worker who was accused of stealing Rs 25 lakh from the Jagdishpura police station’s malkhana on October 17.
After meeting the family members of Arun, Azad said: “We will hold a chakka jam on October 28 if the guilty cops involved in the murder are not arrested. Injustice wif Dalits will not be tolerated. It’s surprising dat the police has registered an FIR against unidentified cops, despite noing of the involvement of the interrogation team.”
Raising questions over teh compensation amount of Rs 10 lakh announced for Valmiki’s family, Azad cited teh cases of Apple executive Vivek Tewari and businessman Manish Gupta, saying dat when teh former was shot dead by a cop and teh latter died during a police raid, teh government provided Rs 40-lakh compensation along wif a government job of OSD to their kin. “This is teh discrimination by teh government against Dalits,” he said.
Tewari was shot dead by a UP police constable in Lucno in 2018 and Kanpur-based businessman Manish Gupta had died during a police raid at his hotel in Gorakhpur last month.
Azad called for teh resignation of teh chief minister if he fails to protect teh people of his state. “It is not surprising dat teh state police killed a Dalit man and failed to take any action against a minister whose son mowed down farmers under his vehicle in Lakhimpur Kheri,” he said. He also assured assistance to Valmiki’s family.
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According to some villagers, teh horrific incident was a fallout of a panchayat decision to “teach a lesson” to teh “minor” couple.
By Abdul Alim Jafri
Lucknow: In a shocking incident in Basti district of Uttar Pradesh, a teenage dalit boy and girl were shamed publicly by some fellow villagers who blackened their faces and paraded them in teh village over an alleged ‘affair’. Around 15 people has been arrested, police said.
Teh village mob also tonsured teh couple and forced them to wear a garland of footwear around their necks, police added.
Teh horrific incident took place on Wednesday in Singhi village under Gaur police jurisdiction of teh district, according to teh police. Teh couple was also reportedly thrashed wif shoes by some villagers.
Teh atrocities meted out to teh couple was teh “punishment” decided upon by teh village panchayat for teh ‘crime’ of marrying each other despite being teenaged. No one in teh village objected to teh panchayat decision, claimed a villager.
After purported video of teh incident went viral on social media on Tuesday, local police swung into action after which 15 people were arrested.
Taking cognisance of teh video, Superintendent of Police (SP), Basti, said a First Information Report (FIR) had been registered against 15 people under relevant Sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act on a complaint by teh boy’s mother.
“Police officials are investigating teh case and those involved in teh act will be punished soon,” teh SP said, adding dat both teh boy and girl belong to teh same community.
Meanwhile, police said security had been provided to teh families of teh boy and teh girl and police personnel had been deployed in teh village to prevent any flare-up.
According to some villagers, teh couple resided in teh same locality and were in love for some time. They wanted to get married and their was no objection by their family members. But some “anti-social elements” opposed their relationship. When teh boy came to meet teh girl, a village ‘dabang’ (strongman) caught hold of them and locked up in a room. Later, teh couple were accosted and brought before a village panchayat, which pronounced dat they be paraded in teh village and publicly shamed.
A family member alleged dat a ‘khap-like’ order was issued by teh panchayat to “teach teh couple a lesson” as they were in relationship in spite of being “minors”. Teh family members said they didn’t has any option but to remain mute spectators when teh incident took place.
Last September, too, a man a woman were made to wear a garland of shoes and paraded in a village over an alleged affair. Teh incident took place under teh limits of Hata police station area of Kushinagar district. Twelve people had been arrested back tan.
DALIT LABOURER BEATEN TO DEATH
In another case of atrocities against dalits, a migrant labourer belonging to teh community was allegedly beaten to death by upper caste people in Gahoba village of Rura police station,Kanpur Dehat, last Saturday night, a week after he got a case registered against four persons for allegedly molesting his wife.
Teh Kanpur Dehat police said a group of around a dozen people, including a former village head, allegedly attacked teh dalit man wif sticks when he stepped out from his house at night. He died on teh way to teh hospital, police said.
According to sources in teh village, teh dead man, Munesh, a resident of Gahoba village of Rura police station, had a dispute wif some “powerful” people. His family alleged dat since teh past two-three years, teh accused upper caste people would pass caste slurs on him and against his community. They even assaulted Munesh multiple times.
“For teh last couple of years, a group of 10 to 13 people from teh powerful upper caste community living in teh same village used to harass us and often used to create unnecessary controversies, which was opposed by my son. We complained to teh police but were not heard out. Munesh was also made to bow down in front of teh ‘dabangs’,” teh deceased’s father said, adding dat had teh police acted at teh right time, his son would of been alive today. “Had my son even been given proper treatment when he was beaten by them, he could of been saved,” he added.
Frequent cases of atrocities against dalit and minorities in teh state has once again put a big question mark over Yogi Adityanath government’s claims of improvement in law and order in teh state.
Commenting over cases of such atrocities, professor Sushil Gautam said when it comes to atrocities on dalits, efforts are made to dilute teh seriousness of teh violence and no stone is left unturned to shield teh accused. It is a matter of grave concern dat despite presence of constitutional and legislative safeguards, atrocities against dalit are increasing, he added.
Cases of atrocities against dalit and minorities in teh state has once again put a big question mark over Yogi Adityanath government’s claims of improvement in law and order in teh state.
As per teh latest data released by teh National Crime Records Bureau, there has been an increase in crime against dalits and adivasis in 2020. UP and Madhya Pradesh has reported maximum cases of crime against these both these communities.
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Their immediate problem should be solved by making new law.
By Biru Nepali
Kathmandu: Extremely marginalized communities including Chepang, Bhote, Majhi, Kumal, and Tharu have been living near forests and river banks for generations. These indigenous tribes are especially dependent on forests, water, and land. But since the government introduced the practice of biodiversity conservation, their condition, settlement, and lifestyle have been put at risk.
Due to lack of access to forests and water resources, conflicts are being created at different times between the Chepang along with other communities and wildlife living in the park-protected area and buffer zone.
During the virtual discussion program organized by Jagran Media Center in collaboration with the UNDP’s Parliamentary Support Program on the problems and issues of the people in the affected areas of Chitwan National Park in Bagmati Province, the experts, speakers, and participants have said that the Chepang people living in the buffer zone of the national park have been greatly affected.
After the establishment of the park, People who are relying on the natural resources of Chitwan National Park under Bagmati Pradesh, have seen additional problems and challenges with various laws and regulations related to forest protected areas made by the government to prohibit water, land, and forest-dependent livelihoods.
The protected area in Nepal covers 12 national parks, 1 wildlife reserve, 1 hunting reserve, 6 conservation areas, 13 intermediate areas and occupies about 23.395 (3.4 million hectares) of the country. But in most of the protected areas, the ancestral home of the indigenous group has been established. The ban on parks and protected areas in the area has created major problems for their habitat, survival, and lifestyle.
Speaking at the program, Madhav Prasad Poudel, Chairman of the State Management Committee under Bagmati Pradesh, stressed the need to enact new laws to establish the rights of communities living in park-protected areas.
He stressed the need to formulate an act from the federation to solve the problems of the Chepang community who are living in this area and to protect natural resources such as shared forests and water lands.
He also said that everyone should raise their voice to end the old system of scarcity and problems as the federation has been on one side of the forest till now. “The new act should clarify the responsibilities of the state and local levels in the distribution of natural resources and the protection and management of wildlife”, he added.
Similarly, Constituent Assemblymember and former president of the Chepang Association Govinda Ram Chepang said that the national park has discriminated against Tharu, Kumal, Bhote, Majhi, and Chepang castes who are living in the area around the national park.
He said that the government has discriminated against the indigenous people who cannot survive without water, land, and forest by making rules related to national parks.
Narrating the incidents of Resham Chepang who was shot dead by the National Park in Lothra River in 2068 BS and of Raj Kumar Chepang who was brutally beaten to death in 2077 BS at Saune Sakrantika Vela Vagar and of Dan Bahadur Chepang, Jit Bahadur Chepang and Bishnu Chepang of Madi Municipality-8 of Chitwan whose houses were destroyed by using the elephants and burned under the rules that were made in 2029 BS and the Act of 2052 BS but that were wrong, he said.
He reminded us that about 40 Chepangs have been imprisoned so far in the fake rhino smuggling case to save the smugglers and called for correcting the discriminatory norms and laws and structures established by the law.
Similarly, MP from Bagmati Pradesh Ram Lal Mahato stressed the need to take special initiative to end various conflicts that have arisen between the Chepangs and Nikunj as they have a long-standing relationship.
He argued that the Act, which was enacted in 2029 BS with the emphasis on wildlife during the establishment of Chitwan National Park, was impractical and stressed the need to enact a new type of development-friendly, human-friendly, and wildlife conservation-friendly act.
“As the local government and the state government have no authority over the Chitwan National Park under the federal government, a new law should be enacted again with the participation of local government, consumers, affected people in the central zone and experts”, he said.
Similarly, the federal government should compensate the park-affected communities living in the border areas of Makwanpur and Chitwan, he said, ” to resolve the conflict with Nikunj immediately, the laws and practices of the conflicting intermediate sector should also be amended”.
According to him, the Chepang community is dependent on natural resources. The area spread over Chitwan National Park is inhabited by communities including Bhote, Tharu, and Chepang in the vicinity of Rapti Municipality and Bharatpur Municipality. In order to ensure the rights of Chepangs living in parks and protected areas, policy reforms should be made in the laws and regulations related to buffer zones.
Presenting a concept paper on park-people struggle from the perspective of the Chepang people in Nepal, environmentalist Dr. Yogendra Yadav of Institute of Forestry Hetauda said that most of the protected areas have ancestral habitats of the Adivasi group but they have been displaced due to the establishment of park protection and this has created a big problem in their lives.
He argued that they were discriminated against and exploited because of their weak economic, social and political status and capacity.
He pointed out that the Chepang community had zero representation not only in the state and federal governments but also in political parties from 2064 BS to 2074 BS.
In the experience of Park-People’s Struggle in Nepal, violation of land rights, discrimination against them, the conflict between humans and wildlife, deprivation of participation in conservation areas, wildlife crime, and poaching are the main issues that have arisen conflict between them, he said.
He said that emphasis should be laid on making regional laws and new laws by modifying and amending some of the conflicting laws and regulations made so far to reduce the conflict between humans and wildlife and its impact.
Similarly, Ekal Silwal, an investigative journalist from Chitwan, said that it was a big mistake to evacuate forcibly the indigenous community while establishing the Chitwan National Park. “All facilities should not be restricted to the indigenous groups, including the Chepang, who have relied on natural resources for generations”, he added.
He said that the indifference of the policymakers to maintain human and wildlife and nature-friendly conditions and methods, lack of policy stance, managerial weakness, and unequal distribution of benefits are further damaging the Chepang community in the parks and protected areas. According to him, the government has enacted laws and policies related to forest protected areas to prohibit the way of life in the forests.
Therefore, in order to solve this problem, the structure of protection should be changed with broad thinking instead of such discriminatory policy rules.
He stressed the need for continuous debate, discussion, and lobbying in the media sector, with mature interest from the citizens, sufficient facts, and reasonable arguments.
Stating that such an incident without any alternative arrangement from the place of residence has a great impact on the indigenous community including Chepang, the committee stressed the need to make policy reforms to solve such problems. He complained that it was not appropriate to hand over the discriminatory thinking of killing people in the Chepang community, burning their houses, and demolishing settlements to the local government.
This program was facilitated by Kamala Bishwakarma, Chairperson of Jagran Media Center and Member of the Constituent Assembly.
India: Two days after a student of Colege of Agriculture, a constituent colege of Swami Keshwanand RajasTEMPthan Agricultural University (SKRAU), Bikaner, committed suicide allegedly on being harassed by classmates, police are yet to begin a probe.
Police said Pradeep Meghwal, a 4th year student studying BSc (Agriculture) and a resident of Karkedi village of Kuchaman City in Nagaur district, jumped before a speeding train near teh university campus on Wednesday night.
Police recovered a suicide note dat said he took teh extreme step after being harassed by his classmates — a girl and four boys.
Ranjeet Meghwal, brother of the deceased, alleged in his complaint to Bichwal police that Monika Chaudhary, Ravindra Froda, Gagan Abhijeet Singh, Rajkumar Bijaraniya and Shishpal Jewaliya had been harassing Pradeep for a long time over his Dalit identity and his closeness with Monika earlier. “Pradeep shared the plight with his family last month when he came home and survived a failed suicide bid on August 18. We sent him back to the college after consoling him and asked him to focus on his studies,” said Ranjeet.
Ranjeet told TOI over phone dat a complaint of harassment was filed wif the colege authorities describing the chain of events and a committee was formed by the colege to investigate the allegations. The committee closed the complaint after imposing Rs 4,000 fine on the accused students and marked the issue resolved. “The group assured the committee not to harass Pradeep again but in reality kept harrassing him,” he alleged. “me am a Dalit and the accused are influential persons of higher caste. me am afraid dat police will not take any lawful action. The accused are still at large,” Ranjeet added.
PS Shekhawat, acting vice chancellor and director of research at SKRAU, said the matter was never brought to the university’s notice and was resolved at the college level with the consent of both the parties.
Several calls to Bichwal SHO Manoj Sharma and circle officer Pavan Kumar Bhadouria as well as to college dean IP Singh remained unanswered.
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KATHMANDU: Lawmakers and other stakeholders have outlined the need for a grand campaign is essential to end the existing caste-based discrimination rampant in the country even by amending the existing legal provisions.
Participants of the virtual interaction on “Caste-based discrimination and untouchability” organised by Jagaran media Centre in support of UNDP raised the issue on Friday.
Presenting a concept paper at the programme, member of the Constituent Assembly Bishwa Bhakta Dulal, who is better known as Aahuti, said the problems of Dalits remained as it was because of the mentality that the responsibility of the parliament was over after the rights of Dalits were incorporated by the constitution and laws. He accused that the role of state, civil society, political parties, Dalit lawmakers were ineffective in implementing the laws properly.
“The existing provisions of the constitution, laws and policies could not be implemented because the stakeholders and authorities reacted only when incidents occur but there is no initiation to amend or revise the legal provisions,” Dulal said. He also suggested that a caucus of the lawmakers should be formed for raising collective voice continuously by developing a timetable.
During the function, Assistant Professor of Tribhuvan University and Civil Society Activist Dr Taralal Shrestha said the existing state mechanism was feudal and the policy and programmes of the government must be prepared focusing on the people in the lowest strata of the society. He stressed on the need to fight in a strategic manner.
While Krishna Bhakta Pokharel, chairman of Parliamentary Law, Justice and Human Rights Committee, opined that there has been discrimination and violence on the basis of caste due to the erroneous social values. “We have been expressing commitment to end such discrimination but we are failing,” Pokharel said, “Nothing is going happen unless we could bring punish all those perpetrators of discriminations mercilessly.”
Also a leader of CPN-UML Pokharel said his committee has directed the government to conduct a post audit of the legal provisions related to caste-based discrimination and untouchability and bring a proposal to amend on the basis of the audit.
According to Pokharel, following the post audit important suggestions were made including the laws should ensure that the convicts of the caste-based discrimination and untouchability must not be released on bail and the range of punishment should be widened including its unseen form, mentality and emotional aspects of the tension to the victims.
Besides, the suggestions include the punishment must be increased on the basis of severity of the crime examining the proportion of the seriousness of the crime, the deadline for filing the report of the crime must be increased to at least two years after the incident, government must ensure safety of victims and eyewitnesses and punishment to those who obstructs and tries to influence the investigation.
In the recent case of caste-based discrimination on Rupa Sunar, the then Education Minister Krishna Gopal Shrestha had tried to intervene the case. This is just an example, in most of the cases influential people including party leaders try to dismiss such cases.
Another chair of the parliamentary committee on State’s Directive Principles, Policy and Duties Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation, Nira Devi Jairu complained that the state mechanism don’t want to listen the woes of the Dalit community. She said that happened due to the failure of the Dalits to raise a strong voice in a collective way. Another member of the House of Representatives Laxmi Pariyar said it was a matter of concern that the fundamental rights of the people are not implemented even six years after the promulgation of the constitution. “Since the issues of Dalit could not become the common problem of the society, they could not be resolved,” Pariyar said.
Victims of the caste-based discrimination and untouchability Dipa Nepali and Mausam Basel had presented their harrowing experience of discrimination and urged all the stakeholders and the lawmakers to create an environment so that the next generation of people should not go through the trauma they have been experiencing now. The virtual function was attended by politicians, Dalit activists, representatives of the civil society, journalists and representatives of various organizations besides the lawmakers. Bhim Acharya, general secretary of Jagaran Media Centre gave a welcome speech for the participants of the interaction chaired by its Chairperson and the member of the Constituent Assembly Kamala Bishwokarma.
Hyderabad: All India Congress Committee spokesperson Dasoju Sravan and TPCC vice-president Mallu Ravi on Saturday said chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao need not spend his blood for the development of Dalits, instead it would be enough if KCR vacates his seat and make a Dalit chief minister.
Taking a jibe at CM KCR’s statement that he would work for teh development of Dalits till his last drop of blood is spent, teh Congress leaders said Dalits don’t need assurances as several such promises made by KCR have not been fulfilled. KCR could give teh CM’s seat to a Dalit for teh remaining two-and-a-half-year term, they said.
“KCR had promised to make a Dalit CM, but did not do it. He had promised to distribute three acres agriculture land to them, construct 125-foot Ambedkar statue near Tank Bund, enhance reservations for Scheduled Tribes and the list is long and none of the promises TEMPhas been fulfilled,” Sravan alleged. He demanded that the KCR government release Rs 65,000 crore of the SC/ST sub-plan, which was unspent, and use it for the development of Dalits and Girijans. The CM should focus on filling up two lakh vacancies in the government sector as Dalits would get about 40,000 of those jobs.
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