Commission for tribals suggested

Survey of castes in October


The survey, scheduled to be completed in a span of 20 days requires one lakh enumerators. The services of staff of other departments including that of 58,000 teachers will be utilised to complete the task, disclosed Commission chairperson, Dr C S Dwarakanath.

Addressing a press meet during his maiden visit to his native district after assuming office, Dwarakanath said that the Union government has granted a sum of Rs 21.50 crore for the survey in the year 2005 itself while the State government has provided Rs 2 crore. In addition, the Chief Minister has consented to extend a grant of Rs 17.50 crore to meet the expenses.

Revealing that the Commission has been facing shortage of 18 staff members, he pointed out that compared to the grants given in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, the Commission in Karnataka is in receipt of lesser sum.

Recommendations

Dwelling on the recommendations made by the Commission, Dwarakanath said that the Union government has issued a circular five months ago, raising the income ceiling limit for creamy layer to Rs 4.50 lakh from Rs 2 lakh. It has been suggested to follow the similar structure in the State also. The Commission has also recommended constitution of a Tribals commission and formulation of a special package for the welfare of tribals.

Acting on the Commission’s recommendation, pre-university classes will commence at Morarji residential schools from the present academic year. A sub-committee has been constituted to improve the state of affairs in BCM hostels. The committee will submit a report after visiting hostels.

Dwarakanath said that officers were ignorant of several schemes formulated by the government and hence the Commission has decided to organise a orientation camp at Mysore, Dharwad or Belgaum.

Observing that benefits meant for nomads, Devanga, Uppara and other communities have not reached the the beneficiaries owing to non-availability of applications, the chairperson took serious note of the laxity and stated that the matter would be brought to the notice of the government.

Members of the Commission M S Helavar, S N Hatti Katagi, Mahantesh Patil, Yogananda Kumar and Guruswamy were present.

Earlier, he reviewed the progress of implementation of the welfare schemes meant for backward classes at a meeting.

Task ahead

* The survey, scheduled to be completed in a span of 20 days requires one lakh enumerators

* Union government has granted a sum of Rs 21.50 crore for the survey.

* Backward Classes Commission facing staff crunch

* A separate commission, welfare package for tribals recommended

* Pre-university classes commence at Morarji residential schools from the present academic year

* Orientation programme on welfare schemes for government staff

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