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Maha Dalit panel submits report

by udaya — last modified 2007-11-22 15:43


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Patna/Maha_Dalit_panel_submits_report/articleshow/2557499.cms
 
21 Nov 2007, 0305 hrs IST  , TNN 
 
PATNA: The newly-constituted Maha Dalit Commission on Tuesday submitted its interim report and recommendations to CM Nitish Kumar which suggested ways for the socio-economic and political empowerment of certain scheduled castes which were left behind despite facilities to SCs. 
The commission, headed by Vishwanath Rishi, recommended special polling stations for Maha Dalits since it is very difficult for them to go to the main polling stations and exercise their franchise freely. It demanded reservation for them in panchayat and local bodies and exclusive reservation in grade IV jobs. 


All Maha Dalit families be covered under BPL, grain bank scheme be started to provide grain on loan, boiled rice instead of wheat be supplied to them under rural development schemes, employment guarantee of 200 days in a year, bank financing on priority basis, special loan mela by banks for them, priority in allotting Indira Awas units, schools be opened in their areas with free books, scholarship, uniform, food and teachers possibly belonging to Maha Dalit castes, are some of the recommendations. 


The commission was constituted in August last and it submitted recommendations in less than three months' time. Nitish promised to look into the recommendations and implement them. As far as non-financial recommendations are concerned, he said it would be taken up soon and those involving financial implications would be taken up after completion of the current fiscal. 


There are about 22 castes in the SC category, but four castes, Paswan, Pasi, Dhobi and Chamar, have not been included in the Maha Dalit category. The stress of the commission is on the empowerment of Musahar, Bhuiyan, Mehtar, Dom, Rajwar, Nat and Halal Khor sub-castes.


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