Friday, October 14, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits on strike for allowance

Dalits on strike for allowance

Added At: 2011-10-13 11:04 PM

Last Updated At: 2011-10-13 11:04 PM


SIRAHA: The Dalit community of Sitapur VDC, Siraha have started a
hunger strike at the Lahan-based VDC contact office from today
demanding action against VDC secretary Bibekchandra Karki, whom they
allege misappropriated government-provided social allowances for the
last three years.

According to Ramlal Ram, a hunger strike participant, s of the hunger
strike, Karki has misused the allowances of 70 persons amounting to
about Rs 1.68 million from 2064 BS to 2067 BS.

"We had asked him to provide us the social allowances we were entitled
to many times, but as he ignored us, we were compelled to resort to
this move," said Jitani Pasaman, another hunger-striker.

"We had also complained in writing to the district administration
office and district development committee but to no avail, said
Chandrkalawati Ram.

Every month, the government disburses social allowances under
different headings, like for single women, senior citizens, senior
dalit citizens and dalit children, but the dalits complain Karki has
not provided those amounts for the last three years. The strikers have
urged CDO Narayan Prasad Bidari of Siraha to come to their strike site
and heed to their demand by Friday.


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