'Dignity Rally' staged; demands Dalit voice in democracy process

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New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) Seeking to induct the Dalit voice in the democratic process, the National Conference of Dalit Organisations (NACDOR) took out a Dalit Dignity march from the Ramlila Maidan to the Parliament House here today.

Over 10,000 Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims and other marginalised sections from various parts of the country joined the march.

Speaking on the occasion, NACDOR's National Convener Ashok Bharti said, '' All reports, whether by the government or by International agencies such as the UNDP, indicate that the socio-economic condition of India's marginalised communities, especially the Dalits, is turning from bad to worse.'' ''This is unwarranted. Dalits need an equitable share and stake in the development process, growth and opportunity,'' he added.

He demanded that the government form a Prime Minister-headed ministry for Dalit development.

Mr Bharti also sought a time-bound programme for distributing land to Dalits and other landless people and setting up of a National Commission to inquire into the socio-economic realities of the community, among others.

CPI leader D Raja, Republican Party of India president Ramdas Athavale and Janata Dal(U) chief Sharad Yadav also participated in the rally.

UNI

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