Friday, April 15, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit Mitra award honours 57 individuals for social contribution

Dalit Mitra award honours 57 individuals for social contribution
TNN | Apr 15, 2011, 12.29am IST

NAGPUR: "Thanks to the Constitution drafted by Babasaheb Ambedkar,
India has been able to safeguard its democracy while most nations in
the neighborhood have failed on this front. Even a person in tattered
clothes goes to the polling station to exercise his power of franchise
making India a vibrant and strong democracy," said state social
justice minister Shivajirao Moghe while paying tributes to architect
of Constitution on his 120{+t}{+h} birth anniversary on Thursday.

At a grand ceremony organised on the occasion here, as many as 57
individuals and eight institutions from across the state were
conferred with the Dalit Mitra awards. The award, each carrying 15,000
cash, memento, certificate for individual and Rs 25000 in case of
institutions is given by the social justice department to honour those
contributing towards uplift of the oppressed and backward sections of
the society. Minister for food and civil supplies Anil Deshmukh,
minister of state for social justice Sachin Aher were guests of honour
while Moghe presided over.

"Ambedkar created history by facilitating conversion of lakhs of
people from oppressed classes to Buddhism. The beauty of his action
lies in the fact that not a drop of blood was spilled in this mass
switching over of faiths while it gave means to live with dignity in
the new faith," said Moghe. In his address Ahir hoped that those
receiving the awards would inspire others to work in the field of
social justice and bringing equality in society. Deshmukh reminded
that the state was always proactive when it came to protecting
interests of the backward classes and the disabled and poor sections.
For the nearly 150 welfare schemes that are monitored by the social
justice ministry, in this year's budget the outlay has been increased
to Rs 4234

In a maiden initiative, two city journalists were honoured with the
award. Joseph Rao of PTI and Moreshwar Badge of Lokmat Newspaper
Group, were among those who received the awards.

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