Tuesday, April 19, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Remembering DR Ambedkar



Remembering DR Ambedkar
TNN, Apr 15, 2011, 04.57am IST

NAGPUR: "Thanks to the Constitution drafted by Babasaheb Ambedkar,
India has been able to safeguard its democracy while most nations in
the neighbourhood have failed on this front.

Even a person in tattered clothes goes to the polling station to
exercise his franchise making India a vibrant and strong democracy,"
said state social justice minister Shivajirao Moghe while paying
tributes to architect of Constitution on his 120th 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 `25000 in case
of institutions is given by the social justice department to honour
those contributing towards uplift of the oppressed. 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," said Moghe.

In his address Ahir hoped that those receiving the awards would
inspire others to work in the field of social justice.

Deshmukh reminded that the state was always proactive when it came to
protecting interests of the backward classes. 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 `4234 crore.

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