Monday, August 22, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Rout was removed from ministry for casteist remark: minister

Rout was removed from ministry for casteist remark: minister
PTI | 08:08 PM,Aug 20,2011

Bhubaneswar, Aug 20 (PTI) About three months after his resignation
from Naveen Patnaik cabinet, Orissa Govenment today said Damodar Rout
had to quit the ministry for the casteist remark allegedly made by him
about dalits."Rout had lost confidence of the chief minister after he
made some remark against dalits. The National Commission for Scheduled
Caste had taken cognisance of Rout's remarks.The Centre had given some
suggestions to the chief minister on Rout case," Revenue Minister S N
Patro told the state assembly."He (Rout) should have resigned on his
own after securing bail from Orissa High Court. But did not do
so.Therefore, he was asked to quit by the chief minister on May 8,"
Patro said.Patro made the statement when Rout in his reply to a
question by a Congress member as to why he had resigned said among
others "the chief minister asked me to resign perhsps to take more
efficient person in the ministry." Rout had allegedly made some remark
about dalits at a public meeting in his home district of Jagastinghpur
last year. He was chargesheeted and currently on bail. PTI AAM SKN PR
PR 08201932 NNNN

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