Friday, April 30, 2010
Ensure fundamental rights of Dalits
Speakers tell roundtable
Staff CorrespondentSpeakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the
need to ensure fundamental rights of backward people, including
Dalits, and introduce social security scheme for them.
"Members of the Dalit community have been living in different cities
of the country over the last 100 years, but they are deprived of
various facilities in society," said Adan Islam, executive director of
Dhoritri Foundation, in her keynote speech.
Dhoritri Foundation and Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad in association
with Oxfam jointly organised the roundtable at the auditorium of
Bangladesh Economic Association in the city, with Dr Quazi
Kholiquzzaman Ahmad in the chair.
There are three types of barriers to the progress of Dalit such as
behavioral barrier, institutional barrier and environmental barrier,
Adan Islam said at the roundtable on 'Economic Justice for Dalit'.
Providing special allowance or monthly allowance would not solve the
problems of Dalit community, she said, adding that social security
scheme should be introduced for them, she said.
Allam, a leader of Dalit community in Gabtoli City Colony, said their
colony does not have facilities for drinking water or gas and that
even a single room has to house six families due to lack of
Speaking as the chief guest, Chief Whip Abdus Shahid said the
government would take proper steps to ensure the rights of Dalit and
housing projects for them would the implemented in Manikganj.
Lawmaker Junayed Ahmed Palak said only 25 lakh people, out of 15 crore
people, belong to Dalit community, but it is not possible to ensure
development of the country keeping them backward.
Expressing solidarity with the demand for their fundamental rights, he
said a colony with facilities for water and gas would be built in his
constituency for Dalit people.
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