'Anti-dalit' policies of govt decried

 
The protesters,who assembled in front of Ambedkar statue in large number shouted slogans against the anti-dalit policies of the government.

They, after garlanding the statue, took out protest rally in the main streets of the town. The rally culminated at the taluk office where the leaders of the organisations addressed the protesters.  Speaking on the occasion Samajika Parivartana Janandolana State convenor Ayyapalli Narayanaswamy said the dalits in many villages have been prevented from using cemetery and several other areas, the cemeteries have also been encroached upon by the landlords.

There are no cemeteries for the dalits in Ramakrishnapura, Sampangipura, Tamatamakanahalli, Narayanapura, Hudukula, Mutanuru, Guttahalli, Akandahalli, Ayyapalli and Aisandra villages. Besides,they demanded that the encroachment upon these cemeteries must be cleared and they should be fenced properly.

The complaints submitted in this regard to the government officials, he said adding that the officials due to pressure from the elected representatives, didn’t respond to the complaints deliberately.

They also pointed out that some of the taluks didn’t have facilities including anganwadis, primary health centres, fair price shops, and primary and high schools.

Besides, the elected representatives have turned blind eye to the problems and irregularities in implementation of the Centre’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the protesters observed.

They demanded that the Union government should extend this scheme to 200 days and give Rs 150 as daily wage. Besides the unemployed persons should be given either employment certificate or unemployment allowance. Besides, provision should be made for health insurance, daily wage once a week and work on the basis of daily wage for the unemployed.

They submitted a memorandum to Tahsildar Dakshayani. Adima Shakti Mahila Okkoota district treasurer V Prabhavati, Adimashakti Vidyarthi Yuva Janavedike district convenor Hoovalli Nagaraj, secretary Nagesh were present.

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