Bangalore, Oct 2 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy expressed regrets that even after 60 years of attaining independence the practice of untouchability, inequality and discrimination against women still persists in the country.
Speaking after participating at the unveiling of the statue of Babu Jagjivan Ram installed at the premises of Vidhana Soudha, here today he said the Mahathma Gandhi had a dream of 'Free India' which also included the removal of the stigma of all social evils besides independence from the British monarchy.
Referring to his experiences during his 'Village Stay' programmes Mr Kumaraswamy informed that the practice of untouchability, discrimination against the oppressed classes was still vogue at various forms in rural areas.
The fruits of Reservation ensured in the Constitution was grabbed by only certain sections among the Scheduled Castes and Tribes and this needed to be corrected.
"The government will take cognisense of the demand made by certain sections among the SC's to implement separate reservation within the existing quota of 18 per cent," he said.
Later Chief Minister administered the oath of non-violence to the audience who were present in large numbers at the function.
The Chief Minister also attended separate function organised to mark the International Non-violence day organised by the department of Kannada and Culture and Information at the pedestal of Vidhana Soudha.
Over 1000 students drawn from various schools who were also administered oath of non-violence by Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Mr B S Yediyurappa and state Chief Secretary P B Mahishi.