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[ZESTCaste] Dalits must take advantage of welfare schemes: MLA

Dalits must take advantage of welfare schemes: MLA

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Udupi, Apr 6 (The Hindu): Raghupati Bhat, MLA, said on Tuesday that
Dalits should give up inferiority complex, take advantage of
government schemes and become financially self-reliant.

He was presiding over the 104th anniversary of the former Deputy Prime
Minister and Dalit leader Babu Jagjeevan Ram, organised by the
district administration here.

Referring to the practice of untouchability in some remote villages,
he said it was the duty of the authorities concerned to prevent it.

It was essential for the people especially the youth to follow the
ideals of Babu Jagjeevan Ram, Mr. Bhat said.

Delivering the keynote address, Narayan Mannur, teacher at Sri
Durgaparmeshwari High School at Mandarti, said that untouchability
still prevailed in many villages of the State. People who had attained
government positions through reservations were being looked down upon.

It was essential for non-Dalits to understand the hardships which the
Dalits had to face to get employment, he said.

They had to overcome social discrimination and poverty to come up in
their lives, he said.

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