Friday, April 29, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Ambedkar statue to be unveiled on May 1

Ambedkar statue to be unveiled on May 1
Mangalore, April 26, DHNS

Karnataka Dalita Sangharsha Samithi (Ambedkar vada) state committee
member Rajaram T said that the long pending demand of the samithi has
been fulfiled with the district administration and the Mangalore City
Corporation deciding to unveil the statue of Dr B R Ambedkar in front
of Town Hall on May 1.

Addressing a press meet here, he said the bronze statue is seven and
half feet tall. Various organisations were demanding the installation
of the statue since 1980.

He said "the beneficiaries belonging to SC/ST under Mahatma Gandhi
National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) are not receiving
funds for the work undertaken." "Suvarna Bhoomi scheme of the state
government is unscientific. If a district administration receives more
applications than the target, then the farmers will be selected
through lottery, which is unscientific. All the small farmers and
marginal farmers should get the benefits of the scheme," he added.

Rajaram said a Circle should be named after Ambedkar in the city
corporation limits. The poor Dalits who do not have sites should be
given sites. Dalit families who have been residing on government lands
for the last several years in the MCC limits should be given title
deeds and door numbers by the authorities concerned. He said "the
funds earmarked under 22.75 per cent of the budget of the MCC for the
education of Dalit students should be utilised effectively and the
scholarship should be disbursed on time. The funds earmarked for the
SC/ST should be utilised for the development of SC/ST colony in MCC
limits. The services of all the daily wage labourers in the MCC should
be regularised and funds for Dalits should not be diverted," he


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