Friday, August 12, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Orissa''s plan to end untouchability,ban on dalits temple entry

Orissa''s plan to end untouchability,ban on dalits temple entry
PTI | 07:08 PM,Aug 11,2011

Bhubaneswar, Aug 11 (PTI) In its bid to end the age- old practice of
untouchability and ban on entry into temples in certain pockets of the
state, Orissa government has prepared a strategy to deal with such
situation. "It was decided to initiate prompt action against the
persons delivering inflammatory speeches on the basis of caste besides
launching massive awareness campaign against the menace," a senior
official in the ST, SC, OBC and Minorities Development department said
today. The state government's plan to check the dual issue was part of
the strategy prepared to be submitted with the National Commission for
Scheduled Caste (NCSC). The state government had earlier assured NCSC
that it would prepare a strategy plan to combat the practices last
month. "District administration along with police should move the
administration of major temples in the state to issue necessary
advisory to managing committees to take all possible steps for ensuing
that there is no discrimination between one community and the other so
far as entry and offer of puja are concerned," the strategy plan
report said. Earlier NCSC chairman P L Punia had expressed grave
concern over the ban on entry of dalits into a temple at Brahmagiri in
Puri district. Punia visited the temple and asked the government to
ensure that all should get equal opportunity to enter temple and offer
puja. more PTI AAM SKN RG

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