Forum urges 300 days work

For the rights: The members of Dalitha Vimochana Manava Hakkugala Vedike staging a demonstration by forming a human chain, in Hassan on Wednesday. Dh Photo

Urging fulfilment of their various demands, the activists of Dalitha Vimochana Manava Hakkugala Vedike staged a demonstration here on Wednesday.

Hundreds of members of the forum took out a protest rally from Hemavathi statue to the Deputy Commissioner’s office to submit a memorandum. They assembled in N R Circle to form a human chain.

They urged for rice on minimum rate for the poor, 300 days of compulsory work under the National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme and Rs 300 daily wage under the job scheme.

The protesters said the poor were denied of their rights for education, health and food. Though, the central government had provided a good scheme like NREGS, the middlemen and the officials.

They demanded equal education for all and urged for opening of montessory classes in all government primary schools. The poor families should be given 28 kilo rice, they said.

Deputy protesters handed over the memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Naveen Raj Singh.

Labourers neglected

Speaking on the occasion, International artist K T Shivaprasad regretted that labourers were not getting the money for their hard work.

Addressing the agitators, he said daily wagers were paid less and the maximum benefits were enjoyed by the investors.

The privatisation of education has denied education to children belonging to BPL families. Since the medium of instruction in the private school has been English those children have to study in government schools.

This has prevented the rural children from studying in English which is an universal language. Moreover, government schools begin from 1st standard and the parents, if they want to enrol their wards have to admit them in private schools for LKG and UKG.

Economic status

The economic condition of the parents have denied the strong foundation for these children. The textbooks should be uniform throughout the State irrespective of the fact whether they are government or private institutions and impetus should be given for English, he added.

Shivaprasad said the political leaders have encraoched hundreds of acres of land thus denying land for poor landless people. Each family should at least be provided at least one or two acres of lands, he added.

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