Monday, May 9, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Call to ensure special funds in budget for Harijans, Dalits

Sunday, May 8, 2011
Call to ensure special funds in budget for Harijans, Dalits

Bangladesh Harijan Oikya Parishad Secretary General Nirmol Chandra Das
speaks at a press conference titled ''Special Allocation in the Budget
for the Development of Harijan'' at Jatiya Press Club in the city
yesterday.Photo: STARStaff Correspondent

Leaders of Harijan and Dalit communities yesterday urged the
government for special allocation in the upcoming budget for the

''We are working to keep our society clean but the society deprives us
of every basic right, claiming we are inferior," said Nirmol Chandra
Das, secretary general of Bangladesh Harijan Oikya Parishad.

They were speaking at a press conference titled ''Special Allocation
in the Budget for the Development of Harijan''. Bangladesh Harijan
Oikya Parishad, Bangladesh Dalit Parishad, Manusher Jonno Foundation,
Fare and Paritran jointly organised the event at Jatiya Press Club in
the city.

The leaders placed seven recommendations for the finance minister's
consideration including permanent residence for the communities, as 55
lakh of the community members are living in miserable conditions at
government allocated colonies.

Nirmol urged the government to set up schools and provide stipends at
university level for the communities' students.

''Our children are often neglected by teachers at schools. To ensure
their education, our right, we need standard schools at the colonies.
Many of our bright students are failing to continue studies due to
financial constraints," he said.

Nirmol also called to bring the communities' people under the
government's safety net programme. ''Though the budget is termed as
women-friendly, our communities' women are being deprived of basic
rights'', he said.

Khandakar Rejwanul Karim, programme manager of the foundation; Shadhan
Chandra Kesh, vice president of the Oikya Parishad; and Ononta Das,
executive member of Bangladesh Dalit Parishad were also present.


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