Sops to pourakarmikas

Artistes perform on the occasion of DR B R Ambedkar birth anniversary in front of Town Hall on Thursday. DH Photo

The 4,000-odd pourakarmikas employed by the BBMP have already received Rs 5,000 and in addition, retiring workers will be paid Rs 10,000.

The Mayor also announced that they will be hiring 4,000 new pourakarmikas. As many as 144 workers were felicitated for their exemplary work, at a function organised by the BBMP and also 80 workers, who will be retiring this year, were honoured.

The Samatha Sainik Dal organised a public awareness rally from Ambedkar statue in Austin Town to Banappa Park. The rally was part of the programme to call for public awareness for a more self-reliant society.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka Dalitha Sangharsha Samithi held a bike rally to Ambedkar’s statue at Vidhana Soudha and then had non-vegetarian food near Town Hall to protest the deification of Dr Ambedkar.

The samithi contended that the present government was trying to portray Ambedkar as a staunch Hindu which was contrary to what Ambedkar really was. Ambedkar was against idol worship, superstitions and untouchability, but the government’s move to ban food practices of a particular community was wrong, the office-bearers of the samithi said.

A face-to-face interaction of prospective brides and grooms will be organised on April 17 by Karnataka State Dalit, Backward and Minorities Welfare Organisation as part of Ambedkar Jayanthi celebrations. Those belonging to SC, ST, Chalavadi, Valmiki, Samagara, Madiga, Mochi and other communities can participate. 

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