Tuesday, January 11, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Phone-in programme for next SC/ST meeting



MANGALORE, January 10, 2011
Phone-in programme for next SC/ST meeting
Staff correspondent

A phone-in facility will be set up to enable persons belonging to
Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe to air their grievances at the
monthly SC/ST meeting with police, Superintendent of Police A.S. Rao
announced here on Sunday.

Remarking on the turnout, Mr. Rao said that postponement of meetings
may be one of the reasons for the poor response observed during the
last few meetings. However, starting the phone-in facility would help
the people communicate their problems as travelling to Mangalore is
difficult for many people, he said. He recalled that the phone-in
programme was in place a few years ago. The number would be provided
to activists the week before the next meeting, Mr. Rao said.

Member of Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (Ambedkarwada) S.P. Anand said that
no action had been taken on the unnatural death report (UDR) of one
Sheena who was found near Uppinangady bus stand last May. He said that
there was a suspicion that he had been murdered and he had not died of
natural causes.

An officer concerned with the case said that the man had consumed
alcohol and died. He said that forensic report is yet to be received.
He also said that the cause of death could not be ascertained until
the forensic report was obtained. Mr. Rao directed him and other
officials to find out why the report was delayed by many months.

Vishwanath from Bantwal town requested Mr. Rao to look into a
government scheme meant to give autorickshaws to minorities and people
from backward classes. He said that under the scheme, a beneficiary
got Rs. 75,000 aid from the government and the rest of the money
required for an autorickshaw (around Rs. 47,000) was to be taken by
loan from a private finance institution rather than a nationalised
bank. Mr. Rao said that he would look into the matter.

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