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Dalits In News,Jan. 26, 2008

by udaya — last modified 2008-01-28 15:14

Dalit girl raped; driver arrested,Applications invited from SC/STs...

 

The Hindu

 

Dalit girl raped; driver arrested

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Staff Reporter

SANGAREDDY: A 17-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped by two persons, including an auto driver and the driver of a local councillor, on Wednesday. Nawaz, the driver of Municipal Councillor Shaik Saber belonging to the Congress, was arrested on Friday after the victim identified him in a parade of suspects.

The incident came into light after the girl was taken to the office of Deputy Superintendent of Police Mushtaq Ahmad by some social organisations. The victim, a daughter of a nurse working in the district headquarters hospital, lodged a compliant with the Sangareddy Rural Police Station a day after the crime was committed.

She alleged that she was picked up by Shafee, driver of local legislator T. Jayaprakash Reddy, and two auto drivers while she was waiting for her friend Shareef who was running a tea shop opposite the hospital. With the victim confirming that she saw a car with 'MLA sticker', the suspicion initially was on the driver of the local MLA Jayaprakash Reddy. However, the girl identified Nawaz. Sarfu, the auto driver, was absconding. Meanwhile, BJP Dalit Morcha activists, led by State secretary Jagan, met the DSP and demanded action against the culprits .

AIDWA demand

Hyderabad Special Correspondent writes: Meanwhile, the State committee of All-India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has demanded immediate arrest of the driver of Jayaprakash Reddy and his friends.

The AIDWA leaders charged the police with trying to weaken the case by claiming that the victim was mentally unsound.

The Hindu

 

Applications invited from SC/STs

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Staff Reporter

Dharmapuri: The district administration has invited applications from Adi-dravidar and Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes youth for starting small business or industrial activity in the district.

According to a Collectorate release, loans will be provided for setting up small enterprises such as vegetable shops, tailoring and embroidery centres, flower shops, fruit processing units, pickles and jelly, milk products, bakery, internet, data processing, electrical services, motor rewinding, electrical wiring, hotels and lamination centres.

The eligibility criteria will be a pass in Standard VIII, the release said.

A maximum of Rs.5 lakh would be sanctioned to candidates for starting business and Rs.2 lakh for service industry. Candidates should be between 18 to 45 years of age. For getting the loans the annual income ceiling has been fixed at Rs.1 lakh.

Applications along with copies of family card, residence, community and income certificates should be forwarded to the Manager, District Industries Centre, Dharmapuri, the release added.

Times Of India

 

Padma award for two from Vidarbha
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26 Jan 2008, 0109 hrs IST,TNN

 

NAGPUR: Two distinguished persons from Vidarbha figure in this year's Padma awardees. Citigroup chief Vikram Pandit (who spent his early years in Nagpur) and UGC chairman Sukhdeo Thorat (who belongs to Amravati) are Padma Bhushan and Padma Shree awardees respectively. 

Pandit had shot to international limelight only a month back when he was appointed as CEO of the Citigroup. The US-based NRI has spent his childhood in Dhantoli area in Nagpur during his school days. 

Sukhdeo Thorat, chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) - the apex body for education in India - has made it to the list through his writing on dalits and his hardwork and dedication. Speaking to TOI, an elated Thorat said his writings on destitute, marginalised as well as neglected sections of the society might have got him the nation's highest honour. "I owe my credit entirely to my parents Kisanrao and Parubai Thorat, and teachers," he said. 

Born in a tiny hamlet of Mahimapur in Daryapur town in Amravati, Dr Thorat did his schooling from his village before appearing in his boards from Dhyanmata High School in Amravati. After graduating in arts from Milind College of Arts in Aurangabad, he completed his MPhil/PhD in economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He completed his Diploma in Economic Planning from Poland and worked with JNU for 30 years before becoming the UGC chief. Dr Thorat vowed to continue his writings on Dalit and tribals. "Dalits are facing the same problems I faced. Young Dalits should come forward for their brethren," he remarks.

 

The Pioneer

 

Govt gives final touches to special Dalit package

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Akhilesh Suman | New Delhi


On the lines of minority doles in the Prime Minister's 15-point programme, the  Government has decided to come out with a massive populist package for Dalits in the coming months.

The blueprint of the ambitious programme, which may be announced during the Budget Session, was given final shape at a meeting of the Group of Ministers on Dalit Affairs, headed by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday.

Sources told The Pioneer that the effort of the Government is to bring back the Dalit votes to the Congress from the regional chieftains before the general elections.

While the proposed programme for Dalits would include special welfare measures for Dalit-concentration districts of the country, there may be general measures for funding the entrepreneurship of Dalit individuals.

There would also be provisions for special educational opportunities right from the primary level and increase their ration at all stages of education.

"There would be two Navodaya Schools in Dalit-concentration districts, while in general districts there is just one," top sources in the Government told The Pioneer. 

There are plans to open special Dalit residential schools in Dalit-dominated blocks too.
The sources even indicated that while there might be reservation for Dalit traders and manufacturers in Government purchases, the package may include special drive for employment through skill development programmes. 

Dalit-dominated villages might be declared as model villages with speedy arrangement of all related infrastructure.

The GoM on Dalit Affairs had been working hard to formulate such programmes and within last one year it held total 24 meetings to discuss the issues. 

There have been six sub-groups in the GoM and all the groups have submitted their separate reports.

Besides Mukherjee, the GoM consists of senior Ministers like Shivraj Patil, Arjun Singh, P Chidambaram, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Ramvilas Paswan, and Meira Kumar along with Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia. 

The Social Justice Ministry is the service Ministry for the GoM. 

"In March, there will be final meeting of the GoM when the recommendations of different sub-groups would be considered," sources said.


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