Dalits fire dues default salvo at state govt
- NGO organises workshop to spread awareness on socio-economic uplift
Delegates at the workshop in Patna on Thursday. Picture by Nagendra
Patna, Sept. 30: The state government may be congratulating itself for
initiating schemes for the uplift of Dalits but the actual allocation
has been rather shoddy, said Dalit Adhikar Manch state president
Kapileshwar Ram at a workshop today.
The workshop, organised by Dalit Adhikar Manch and Prayas Gramin Vikas
Samiti, was aimed at creating awareness on the rights of Scheduled
Castes. People, who attended the workshop, were entrusted with the
duty of spreading awareness in their districts.
Ram said the actual allocation under Special Component Plan had been
very small as the state government had earmarked only 1.2 per cent for
The plan, framed by the Planning Commission in 1979-80, aimed to
provide economic and social empowerment to Scheduled Castes.
The budgetary allocation made by the state government under this
scheme in recent years has been low, said Ram.
He said various state and central governments had ignored the rights
of the people hailing from Scheduled Castes.
He also said according to the figures provided by the Central
Statistical Organisation, the state had witnessed an 11 per cent
growth between 2004-05 and 2008-09, an increase of 3 per cent over the
national average growth.
Ram said in spite of the growth, the Scheduled Castes have not reaped
any benefits from it. He said the Dalit continue to remain an
impoverished and marginalised lot.
Reena Sahani, a member of Dalit Manav Adhikar Abhiyan, said over the
last three years, the state government allocated Rs 146.8 crore, which
is far less than 15.7 per cent allocated under the Special Component
Sahani also said that the state government had allocated under only
five heads against 62 heads as mentioned in the plan. She said the
government also failed to make allocation in important departments.
Sahani said: "We are making a charter of demands that we will forward
to all political parties and request them to include our demands in
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