Karnataka - Mangalore
Discrimination against Dalits rampant, says NGO
Activists allege that lands for SCs encroached upon
REALITY CHECK: Subodh Yadav (left), Deputy Commisioner, at a meeting
with police and other officials called to dicuss grievances of
Scheduled Castes, in Mangalore on Monday.\
MANGALORE: A survey of all villages in Belthangady taluk revealed that
untouchability still exists in various forms but not to a great
extent, said Rajeev Salian of Nagarika Seva Trust Guruvayanakere here
He was speaking during a meeting of the district vigilance and
management committee mandated under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled
Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Rules 1995. He said the survey of
4,167 houses in the taluk had revealed that people from Scheduled
Castes were still denied entry into the houses of upper castes.
He pointed out that students from these communities found it difficult
to gain access to higher education because of the donation menace. He
emphasised that there was a need for the Government to ask for an
audit of the implementation of various schemes.
Several Dalit leaders, activists and others who attended the meeting
complained that lands reserved for Scheduled Castes by the district
administration had been encroached upon by others in several places.
Having done this, the local bodies claimed that land was not available
to give to people from Scheduled Castes when they applied for it.
Several others said that Dalits had not been given hakku patras (title
deeds) for several years.
Deputy Commissioner Subodh Yadav said that a land survey was under way
and that it was only partially completed at present, and said more
time would be required to complete the survey. He added that the
district administration could either attempt to ensure that the
encroached land was returned or to identify other suitable land to
give to people of Scheduled Castes. An activist made a request to Mr.
Yadav saying,"usually when other land is identified, it turns out to
be a hilly terrain. Please do not give us such land."
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