Monday, June 27, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits promised toilets, drinking water

Karnataka - Tumkur

Dalits promised toilets, drinking water

Staff Correspondent

In the first phase, 10,000 families to be provided the amenities

Each water connection to cost Rs. 2,000

Free cooking gas also to be provided to Dalits

A. Narayanaswamy

Tumkur: Social Welfare and Prisons Minister A. Narayanaswamy has said
that toilets will be provided in all Dalit colonies in cities. In the
first phase, 10,000 Dalit families coming under the municipal
corporations will be provided free cooking gas, and drinking water
under the Nirmala Ganga scheme.

Mr. Narayanaswamy was addressing presspersons here on Thursday after
chairing a meeting of district-level officers. At the meeting he
sought information about the success of the various programmes meant
for the welfare of the Schedule Castes and Tribes. Under the Nirmala
Ganga scheme, Dalit families will be provided with water connection at
a cost of Rs. 2,000 each.

The Minister said cases will be booked against contractors who do not
provide gloves, masks, gumboots and necessary equipment for
pourakarmikas working on contract.

Mr. Narayanaswamy said biometric machines will be installed in hostels
meant for people belonging to the Scheduled Castes/Tribes so that
attendance at the hostel inmates can be monitored.

In reply to a query on the alleged statement of the former Chief
Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy that prisoners from the Parappana Agrahara
come out and engage in real estate business, Mr. Narayanaswamy said
the allegation is baseless. However, he added that he will look into
the issue and place facts of the case before the public shortly.

He saidprisoners are granted parole for two months each year to stay
with their families. However, the police keep a watch on the prisoners
on parole.

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