Sunday, January 22, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Flying dreams of dalit girls grounded

Flying dreams of dalit girls grounded

January 22, 2012
By Kavitha Muralidharan

Around 100 dalit girls had joined an academy to train as airhostesses
under a government scheme launched in 2006, but soon found their
dreams dashed.

Now TN has stepped in by refusing to pay the academy in full on the
grounds that it has not "fulfilled its contractual obligations" of
finding the girls jobs after the training.

The government intervened as it is mandatory for any organisation
entering into a contract with the Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Housing and
Development Corporation (TAHDCO) to find 50 per cent of its candidates
placements at the end of the training.

"Usually 50 per cent of the payment is made when signing the contract
and the rest after the contractual obligations are fulfilled," say
official sources.

The sources revealed that the academy too received 70 per cent of its
payment in advance, but can claim the rest only after it fulfills its
contractual obligations.

The scheme, launched with much fanfare by the previous DMK government
, was meant to provide training to 100 Dalit girls every year at an
expenditure of Rs 1 crore.


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