Tuesday, March 13, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Bantwal: Negligence at Taluk Office - Dalits Stage Dharna


Tuesday, March 13, 2012 10:54:28 AM (IST)

Bantwal: Negligence at Taluk Office - Dalits Stage Dharna

Mounesh Vishwakarma
Daijiworld Media Network – Bantwal (SP)

Bantwal, Mar 13: The taluk office, which has of late been hitting the
headlines for wrong reasons, faced another difficult day on Monday
March 12. Enraged over the fact that several files relating to Dalits
had gone missing from the taluk office here, various Dalit
organizations led a day-long dharna in front of the taluk office on

It may be recalled that the tahildar here had been trapped red-handed
by the Lokayukta recently. That incident came as a last straw on the
patience of the people, who have numerous complaints about the poor
functioning of the taluk office since long.

Hundreds of Dalits, responding to the call given by their leaders,
squatted in and out of the administration and audit block of the taluk
office the whole day, and condemned the lackadaisical attitude of the
taluk office staff, terming them as anti-Dalit.

The organizations concerned had complained to the Lokayukta and deputy
commissioner of the district, alleging that the taluk office here has
been dithering from disposing off pending files for sanction of house
sites, land etc, moved by Dalits since the last three years. The
organizations said that the officials have also kept the applicants in
the dark about the fate of their applications, by providing them with
vague answers when queried.

Reportedly, several Dalits who visited the taluk office again on
Monday relating to their long-pending applications, suffered
harassment again, as the officials did not provide them the current
status of their applications. Frustrated and angered by this attitude,
they sat in dharna, and vowed not to move out of the office till the
information sought was provided.

Efforts of the circle police inspector, Anil S Kulkarni, to appease
the protestors did not yield any result. The Dalits, who stood by
their determination to stay put at the venue of the dharna till either
the deputy commissioner or assistant commissioner comes there and
provides them information about their missing files, continued with
their protest.

In the evening, under pressure from protestors, assistant commissioner
of Mangalore subdivision, Venkatesh, visited the office and held
dialogue with the protestors. After he promised to provide full
information on all the missing files within the next three days, the
protestors suspended their protest.

Honorary president of Dakshina Kannada district Dalit Seva Samiti,
Bhanuchandra Krishnapur, president, B K Sesappa Bedrakadu, and Bantwal
Taluk Bharata Ratna Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Samaja Seva Sangh
president, Chandrashekhar Veerakambha, led the protestors.

Policemen from town and rural police stations, led by their station
house officers, Vinayaka Billawa and Shekhar, supervised law and order


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