'Dalits know less about programmes for them'

Speaking at a felicitation programme, organised by the district unit of Chalavadi Mahasabha in Hassan to honour the members identified by the various organisations, he said the dalits are being cheated by the people of the same community. The government has been announcing various beneficiary projects for the welfare of dalits, but their community leaders have failed to take initiative to see that the programmes are completely implemented, he lamented. People should collect complete details of any scheme before signing any papers, he cautioned.

There is no hassle in the schemes, but the real problem lies in implementation, he said. There is a rule that says around 22 per cent of the funds should be utilised for the welfare of the dalits.

It is not being publicised properly, and the onus lies on the elected representatives to take the schemes to the doorsteps of the people, he suggested.

Providing education to the children should be main objective of the netas, which in the long run would help in the overall development of the community.

The government has brought out a legislation to prevent atrocities against Dalits to help them.

Complaints can be registered under the Act against those who misuse the funds allotted for the welfare of the community, he advised.

Chalavadi Mahasabha District Unit President H R Narayana presided. Former Tahsildar Nirvanaiah, Kabbanahalli Jagadish and others were present.

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