Friday, August 12, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits' temple entry: Cong questions Orissa govt’s sincerity

Dalits' temple entry: Cong questions Orissa govt's sincerity
Friday, August 12, 2011

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee Scheduled Caste and
Scheduled Tribe Cell chairman Ripunath Seth on Thursday alleged that
the state government has no sincerity in creating conditions for entry
of SC and dalit people into the Jagannath temple.

SC and Dalit Congress state unit convener Bankanidhi Behera and former
minister Ganeswar Behera reacting to a news that the state government
has prepared a strategy to nullify the traditional restriction on SC
and ST people in entering the temple premises, said that the state
government had shown no interest for the uplift of the SC and the
dalit sections of the society during the 12 years of its tenure.

They said that the state government suddenly woke up when the National
Commission for SC/ST asked for a report on the issue of temple entry.
Several ministers, MPs and other political leaders are also found
using disparaging words irritating the SC and dalit communities, they

Public awareness and strong implementation of law can eradicate the
practice untouchability from the society. If it continues, the OPCC SC
and Dalit Cell would take to the streets across the state, the leaders


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