Tuesday, August 23, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Ostracism of Dalits in Nayakanur to be probed


Hubli, August 22, 2011
Ostracism of Dalits in Nayakanur to be probed
Staff Correspondent

Narayanaswamy and Jagadish Shettar visit the village

Minister for Social Welfare and Prisons A. Narayanaswamy said that an
inquiry will be conducted into the incident of Dalit families
ostracised in Nayakanur village recently. An officer of the rank of
Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) will carry out the probe.

Mr. Narayanaswamy visited Nayakanur village along with the Minister
for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Jagadish Shettar on Sunday.

The Minister said that action would be taken under the Goonda Act
against those who were involved in atrocities against the Dalits, and
those who provoke such incidents in the State. Assuring the ostracised
Dalits all help and cooperation, Mr. Narayanaswamy asked them not to

Going on to describe the development works to be taken up by the
Government in the Dalit colony of the village, Mr. Narayanaswamy said
that the Government has released Rs. 50 lakh development grants of
which Rs. 25 lakh would be utilised for developing roads, Rs. 20 lakh
for underground drainage works, and Rs. 5 lakh for the construction of
the community hall.

The Minister instructed Deputy Commissioner Darpan Jain to identify
land to be distributed among the Dalit families here. Besides,
financial assistance through Dr B.R. Ambedkar SC/ST Development
Corporation will be provided to the educated Dalit youth to take up
self-employment initiatives.

Mr. Narayanaswamy said that shifting of exploited families cannot be
the solution for the problem such as ostracism. He said that the
Government wants communities to share a cordial relationship to build
a peaceful and united society. For the purpose, the Government is
committed to provide all facilities. Other communities should support
the exploited communities to join the mainstream society, he said.

Mr. Shettar said the officials concerned were instructed to take
action immediately after Dalits were ostracised in the village, and
police protection was also provided to the aggrieved families.

Mr. Narayanaswamy and Mr. Shettar performed bhoomi puja for
infrastructure development works at the Dalit colony.

Pralhad Joshi, MP; Shankar Patil Munenakoppa, Navalgund MLA;
Veerabhadrappa Halaharavi, Hubli-Dharwad East MLA; Devaraj Urs
Backward Classes Development Corporation Chairman Ashok Katwe; Social
Welfare Department Commissioner Naveendas Singh; Deputy Commissioner
Darpan Jain, and Superintendent of Police R. Dileep were among those
present on the occasion.

Protest staged

Members of the district unit of the Rajya Adijambava (Madiga) Sangha
staged a 'rasta roko' near Shalawadi Cross on Sunday demanding the
arrest of Andanigouda Patil and others who allegedly ostracised Dalit
families at Nayakanur village. They submitted a memorandum to the
Ministers urging them to take steps to confiscate the properties of
Mr. Anadanigouda. They said the Government should rehabilitate Dalit
families by giving them land, financial assistance, besides other

Ashok Dodmani, Venkatesh Sagabal, and others led the protest.

An officer of the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police to
investigate the incident
'Shifting of exploited families cannot be the solution for the problem
of social boycott'


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