There is already competition among Scheduled Castes for schemes’

Dalits against quota for converts
Kolar, August 17, DH News Service:

Dalit organisations have opposed the Central Government’s decision to
give reservation for the dalits who have converted to other religions.

Dr B R Ambedkar Development Corporation President A R Krishnamurthy,
speaking at an event in Kolar on Monday, said that the dalits should
stand united against the reservation policy recommended by the
Ranganath Mishra Commission. The Commission has recommended the
reservation for the members of Scheduled Castes converted to
Christianity and Islam.

He said there is already a fierce competition among the 101 scheduled
castes for various schemes and projects rolled out by the governments
for their welfare. Now, if more number of people are brought under the
reservation lakhs of dalits will be deprived of
their share. Though the ruling party is endeavouring for the welfare
of the minorities and the scheduled caste and tribe, the Opposition
parties are criticising the party as ‘communal’.

He said of the total 224 legislators 24 belong to scheduled caste and
nine to scheduled tribes. The Government has allocated Rs 2,916 crore
for 2009-10 and Rs 3,358 crore for 2010-11 for the welfare of the
scheduled caste; Rs 167 crore in 2009-2010 and Rs 207 crore for
2010-2011 were allocated in the budget.

He said the corporation has ensured power supply to the borewells sunk
under the Ganga Kalyana Scheme in 2005-06 and the corporation has also
sanctioned Rs five crore for the electrification.

“I’m aware of the groundwater available below thousand feet in Kolar
and Chikkaballapur districts,” he said.

Absenteeism irks president

There was none to welcome Dr B R Ambedkar Development Corporation
President A R Krishnamurthy when he visited the Corporation’s district
office. Neither the manager nor the taluk development officers were
present. They had not even signed the attendance registrar for the
last three years. Krishnamurthy wondered: If this is the plight of the
office, what will be the state of the scheduled caste? The empty
office kept mum.


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