Wednesday, December 16, 2009

[ZESTCaste] 'Discrimination continues even in Goa's reserved constituency'

'Discrimination continues even in Goa's reserved constituency'

2009-12-15 17:50:00

Goa's only Scheduled Caste (SC) cabinet minister Manohar Azgaonkar
Tuesday alleged that members of the SC community in his reserved
constituency of Dhargal were still not treated at par with others.

Azgaonkar, a panchayati raj minister in the Congress-led coalition
government, was speaking during the winter session of the Goa
legislative assembly here.

'Even today these people are not treated on par with others in my own
constituency, which is reserved as a Scheduled Caste assembly seat.
When they go to a hotel to have tea, they are still given separate
cups specially kept for them,' Azgaonkar said.

Azgaonkar said that attempts by him to rouse the Dalit community into
resisting such social humiliation had failed.

'When I try to get them out, they say Babu (Azgaonkar's popular alias)
you will do it for one day. Then we will be left to face the wrath by
ourselves,' the minister said.

Speaker Pratapsing Rane, who intervened at this juncture, told the
minister to complain to the state administration about the social

'It's a serious issue. You must complain so that action is taken in
such cases. This is not accepted,' Rane said.

Goa, one of the most popular coastal tourism havens in the country, is
otherwise known for its predominantly western and bohemian outlook.


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