Government to award Goans working for dalit upliftment
TNN | Dec 16, 2011, 01.53AM IST
PANAJI: The state government has instituted the new Dalit Mitra
Puraskar, where the state government will award 25,000 to a dalit or
non-dalit who has worked for the welfare of dalits for 25 years or
The scheme's objective is to encourage individuals creating social
awareness and to encourage the society, in general, to work for the
upliftment and welfare of dalits which will improve their
socio-economic condition, education, standard of living, etc.
The awardee may be either a dalit or non-dalit and the award aims at
encouraging the individual to work further for the cause of improving
the living conditions of dalits.
To be eligible for the award, the individual will have to be a Goan
who has rendered at least 25 years of remarkable service for the
up-liftment of dalits in Goa to improve their socio-economic
condition, education, standard of living, etc with supporting
The age of the individual awardee should be 60 years and above.
On selection of the awardee for the Dalit Mitra Puraskar by a
selection committee constituted by government of Goa, each awardee
will be presented with a cash award of 25,000 along with a shawl, a
shrifal and a certificate on the occasion of Babasaheb Ambedkar
Jayanti on April 14 every year.
Under the scheme, there can be a maximum of five such awards, out of
which at least one award may considered to be given to women.
The selection committee can select a lesser number of awardees, if
adequate number of eligible persons are not available.
The state has constituted a committee of nine members to select the
awardees under the scheme.
The committee will be chaired by the minister for social welfare and
will have the secretary for social welfare as its member.
Director for social welfare will serve as member secretary on the committee.
Other members presently on the committee include Gangaram Morajkar,
Shambu Bandekar, Chandrakant Jadhav, Kishor Parwar, N B Rao and
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