Dalits Media Watch
News Updates 12.09.15
3 labourers die while cleaning septic tank in Moga village - The Tribune
The Times Of India
Congress questions govt appeal in SC against quota for bank jobs -
Scholarship eludes Dalit students -
Dalits demand equal rights at Huliwana -
Hundreds pay homage to Dalit leader - The Hindu
40 Percentage SC Aged 30-60 Never Went to School - The New Indian Express
National Commission seeks details - The Hindu
BJP leader surrenders in UP in SC/ST Act case - Zee News
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3 labourers die while cleaning septic tank in Moga village
It was reportedly constructed without govt permission
Tribune News Service Moga, September 11
Three Dalit labourers died while cleaning a septic tank at a marriage palace in Fatehgarh Korotana village in the Dharamkot sub-division of the district today.
The victims have been identified as Jagsir Singh, Jujhar Singh and Jugraj Singh of Ghal Kalan village. The owners of the marriage palace had hired them to clean the septic tank.
The septic tank was reportedly constructed without any permission from the government or the district administration. Moreover, the labourers were given poor equipment to clean the tank.
Dharamkot Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Jaspal Gill said the local administration would take legal action against the marriage palace owners. He said they would also survey marriage palaces to detect any violations of the existing laws.
The SDM, who rushed to the spot to monitor the rescue operation, said the police had begun investigating the case. He said first one of the labourers slipped into the tank. But when the other two climbed down the rope to save his life, it snapped. The rope was reportedly worn-out.
The local administration called JCB machines to pull out the bodies. "The labourers were possibly asphyxiated by the poisonous gases in the septic tank," the SDM said.
The bodies have been sent for a postmortem. Till the filing of the report, the police had not registered a case.
The Times Of India
Congress questions govt appeal in SC against quota for bank jobs
Congress leader Kapil Sibal said the move reflected the BJP's "anti-reservation, anti-SC/ST" mindset.
The Friday launched an attack on the NDA government at the Centre for filing a review petition in Supreme Court demanding a stay on its judgement allowing reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in promotions in higher grade posts in public sector banks. Apparently pointing to Bihar elections, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said the move reflected the 's "anti-reservation, anti-SC/ST" mindset.
Sibal said five PSU banks had approached Supreme Court against a Madras High Court judgment that there should be reservation for SC/STs in "Grade scale 1 to Grade scale 7 posts in government jobs as well as in banks." The banks, he said, filed an appeal in the Supreme Court which upheld the Madras High Court verdict saying SC/ST employees in public sector banks were entitled to reservation in Grade scale 1 up to scale 6 and dismissed the petition
Scholarship eludes Dalit students
After repeated protests, State government says Centre has not released funds
While educational scholarship to students belonging to the first generation and backward classes has been disbursed, Dalit students are waiting their turn. The delay could affect the prospects of 1.5 lakh students in the State.
Organisations working for the benefit of SC, ST students say that despite repeated representations to the government nothing has changed. "Every year students have to protest before they receive the scholarship," said M. Bharathan, president, Ambedkar-Kalvi Centenary Movement.
Students suffer as the post-matric scholarship scheme is delayed interminably. According to him, since 2011-12, thousands of students have not received the scholarship. Each year that number has only increased. In 2012, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa issued a Government Order paving the way for free education of Dalit students. Yet, not once the government allocated funds for scholarship.
In 2014-15, the government should have allocated Rs. 1,147 crore in its budget for the scholarship. Instead Rs. 334.77 crore from the current year's budget was allocated to tide over last year's deficit, Mr. Barathan claimed.
"There was hope that the flow of funds for the scholarship would be smooth as a provision of around Rs. 250 crore was made. In around 100 colleges, more than 50 per cent of the admission was for SCs, but they were subjected to pressure during the semester exams as they could not pay the exam fees. This was because the government had not released the funds for scholarships," said Christodas Gandhi, a retired IAS officer.
After repeated protests, the State government admitted that the Centre had not released the funds. "Unfortunately the trend is repeated in 2015-16 also," Dr. Gandhi said. The budget estimate for the current year for the scholarship is Rs. 696 crore, sufficient only to pay the arrears of past years. The dues for the current year have not been taken into account.
Dalits demand equal rights at Huliwana
The Dalits of Huliwana village in the taluk have urged the district administration to provide equal living rights to them.
The village recently witnessed a clash between Dalits and 'upper caste' people.
On Friday, under the banner of Dalit Sangharsh Samiti, they staged a protest outside the Deputy Commissioner's office here, alleging that the 'upper caste' people in the village had been harassing and exploiting Dalits for a long time.
They were being denied basic rights and property worth several lakhs of rupees belonging to Dalits was destroyed during the recent clash, the protesters alleged.
They also alleged that such atrocities on Dalits were rampant in other parts of Mandya.
DSS leader Guruprasad Keregodu, Mandya City Muncipal Council (CMC) member Mahesh Krishna, Mahadevappa, Kiran, M. Krishnamurthy, S. Santosh, Ravimohan and others were present.
Hundreds pay homage to Dalit leader
State Ministers, leaders of various political parties and hundreds of Dalits from across the district and neighbouring districts paid floral tributes to Dalit leader Immanuel Sekaran on the occasion of his 58th death anniversary here on Friday.
After villagers from Sellur, the birth place of the Dalit leader, paid homage followed by the Devendra Panpattu Kazhagam, which organised the event, Minister for Sports and Youth Welfare S. Sundararaj and Cooperation Minister Sellur K Raju placed wreaths and paid tribute the leader.
On behalf of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) former Assembly Deputy Speaker V P Duraisamy, former Ministers Suba Thangavelan, A Tamilarasi and V Sathiyamoorthy and former MP Bavani Rajendran place wreaths at the samadhi.
They were followed by TNCC President E V K S Elangovan and former Union Minister Su Thirunavukarasar. Mr. Elangovan said the Congress regime at the Centre had honoured the Dalit leader by releasing a commemorative stamp and assured that the party would be in the forefront in protecting the interest of the oppressed people.
Vidhuthalai Chiruthaial Katchi (VCK) leader Thol Thirumavalvan and Tamizh Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) leader John Pandian, visited the samadhi according to the time schedule, appealed to the State to organise the event on behalf of the government.
Pointing out that they had been making the demand for several years, Mr Thirumavalavan wanted the government to make an announcement to this effect during the current Assembly session. Mr. Pandian exuded confidence that the government would make an announcement soon in this regard.
Puthiya Tamizhagam leader Dr. K. Krishnasamy was the last to pay homage, well beyond 4 pm, the deadline fixed by the police for political leaders.
Police had registered a case against him last year for failing to stick to the time schedule and the trial is pending.
Amid a massive security cordon, hundreds of men and women walked down from far off villages. Women took out 'Mulaipari' and milk pot processions, while men carried 'jyothis' as a mark of respect to the leader.
The New Indian Express
40 Percentage SC Aged 30-60 Never Went to School
CHENNAI:The latest census data on education shows that two out of every five dalits (40 per cent) in the age group 30-60 in Tamil Nadu never went to school. This is worse compared to the overall State population, where only 26 per cent in the same age group never went to school.
Compared to the corresponding figures for the entire country, the figures are better. Across India, almost every second Dalit (48.37 per cent) in the age group of 30-60 has never attended any educational institution.
The urban-rural divide is stark in Tamil Nadu and the country. Thirty per cent of the State's rural population has never attended school or college, while the corresponding figure for the urban group is 18.67 per cent.
Even here, the Dalits seem to lose out, as 34 per cent of the rural SC population and 25 per cent of the urban has never attended an educational institution.
National Commission seeks details
National Commission for Scheduled Castes has sought details from the Director, Adi Dravidar Welfare Department, on a complaint that over 200 Dalit students pursuing higher studies through correspondence course in Tamil University in Thanjavur were not given scholarship through the department.
In his letter, dated September 7, Assistant Director of the Commission P. Ramasamy, sought reply on a complaint of B. Pandiaraj of Madurai, who is pursuing Master of Social Work.
In his complaint, Mr. Pandiaraj, who is also a member of the Madurai district Vigilance and Monitoring Committee, said he had submitted to the university the relevant application seeking scholarship. When he made enquiries at the District Adi Dravidar Welfare office in Thanjavur about the scholarship, he was directed to approach the Director of Adi Dravidar Welfare at Chennai.
The officials did not give information. Scholarship for over 200 students had not been disbursed since 2014-15 academic year. He said this was also the case with Madurai Kamaraj University. "Only poor students opt for correspondence course and denying scholarship amounted to discouraging them from pursuing higher students," he said.
BJP leader surrenders in UP in SC/ST Act case
Last Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 11:38
Muzaffarnagar: A court here has rejected the interim bail plea of a local BJP leader and three others and sent them to jail in connection with a two-year-old case registered under the SC/ST Act.
According to prosecution, the four accused, among them BJP leader Sudhir Saini, Wednesday surrendered in a court here dealing with cases under the SC/ST Act and submitted an interim bail application which, however, was rejected.
A case had been registered against several people, including Saini under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act at Badsu village in the Ratenpuri police station area two years back in connection with a clash between two groups.
Saini had contested the 2012 Assembly elections on a BJP ticket from Khatauli assembly constituency. PTI
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