Saturday, July 10, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Flood-affected Dalits discriminated: Survey

Flood-affected Dalits discriminated: Survey
TNN, Jul 10, 2010, 04.51am IST

HYDERABAD: Dalit Watch-AP, a coalition comprising grassroot
organisations working on issues pertaining to Dalit rights and
empowerment, has charged the state government with discrimination
against Dalits and eliminating them from its flood relief programme
after last year's floods in the state.

The umbrella organization of social groups working on rights issues
conducted a survey of 308 villages of the 565 affected villages in
five flood-hit districts of AP, namely, Kurnool, Mahbubnagar,
Nalgonda, Krishna and Guntur following the floods.

The survey revealed that 50 per cent of the flood-hit were Dalits and
that families had not received compensation in many cases.

As per the survey's findings, the compensation of Rs 2 lakh has not
been paid for 12 death cases. Of the 12, 11 deaths were of Dalit
community members. Of the total 1,135 families surveyed, about 237
families belonging to SC and ST had not received any immediate relief
of essential commodities. Activists said that many more SC/ST families
were found awaiting compensation for the loss of clothing and
household goods.

The organisation has now demanded that the matter be investigated and
the families be compensated immediatel.

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