Sand mining permits: Injustice to SC members

A woman raises a point during the SC/ST grievances meeting organised under the chairmanship of Superintendent of Police Dr Ravikanthe Gowda.

The issue of sand extraction rocked the SC/ST grievances meeting conducted by the Dakshina Kannada superintendent of police on Monday.

Raising the issue, Scheduled Caste leader Narayana said, “The deputy commissioner has given permission for traditional sand extraction in non-CRZ areas. But the SC beneficiaries who were into sand extraction prior to 2006 had been dropped from the list while issuing permits. The permits were issued only for those who were financially strong.”

Coordination committee

Superintendent Dr B R Ravikanthe Gowda, who responded to the complaints, said that the issue would be discussed in the next co-ordination committee meeting and measures would be taken to ensure that justice is delivered to members of the SC community.

SC leader Shekar expressed displeasure over the non-availability of sand posing a hindrance to the construction of houses by the poor. The SP said that the district administration had taken steps to solve the row over sand. The sand for the construction of Ashraya houses will be supplied through PWD, he promised.

Meagre salary

Raising the issue of salary paid to teachers in private schools, Community leader Balakrishna said in spite of fixing minimum wages of Rs 17,500 a month, the teachers get a meagre salary by deducting about Rs 10,000 a month. As a result, teachers hailing from the SC community face injustice.

Reacting to it, the superintendent promised to get it verified through the local police and submit a report to the Directorate of Enforcement of Civil Rights.

Hostel

Leader Anand said all the students who come to city from rural areas for higher education should get hostel facilities. Thousands of students submit applications for seeking financial assistance from Ambedkar Development Corporation. All those who have applied should get the assistance from the government.

The SP said that all the SC/ST atrocity cases are considered seriously by the police. Many a time due to lack of witnesses, the case get acquitted in the court. The Police Department will organise public contact programme at police stations to infuse confidence among the witnesses, he said.

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