Friday, December 30, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Karimnagar Collector, SP have lunch with Dalits

KARIMNAGAR, December 24, 2011
Karimnagar Collector, SP have lunch with Dalits
Staff Reporter

It was a welcome surprise for students of Zilla Parishad High school
in Sundaragiri village of Chigurumamidi mandal on Friday as they had
community lunch along with top officials of the district.

Collector Smita Sabharwal, Superintendent of Police V. Ravinder,
Karimnagar RDO Hymavathi, Huzurabad DSP Nagalaxmi, DEO Purnanda Rao
and others set an example by eating the midday meals prepared by the
Dalits at the school.

Warning the officials of serious action if anyone encouraged
untouchability, the Collector ordered suspension of Hindi school
assistant Satyanarayana for allegedly encouraging untouchability among
the students and forcing them to shun meals prepared by the Dalits due
to differences with the school headmistress.

She also found fault with headmistress Vasantha for not informing
higher authorities about the issue.

She said that the sensitive issue came to the administration's notice
through a report published in The Hindu on December 16.

The Collector visited the village on Friday and interacted with the
students. Later, she inquired with the headmistress Vasantha about why
the students were refusing to eat the meals and inspected the records.

Ms. Sabharwal and Mr. Ravinder picked up plates, had the food served
by Dalit women and sat along with the school students to eat the lunch
comprising potato curry and sambar.

Surprise checks

The Collector said that the food quality was good and nutritious and
noted that over 200 students were eating midday meals against the
school's total strength of 260.

She said the RDOs and DSPs had been instructed to visit the schools
regularly to check the practice of untouchability in the educational

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