State Women Convention in Belgaum on Jan 28

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Udupi, Dec 25 (UNI) The Karnataka Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (Ambedkarvaada) (KDSS) will hold a state level Women Convention in Belgaum on January 28.

Briefing newsmen here today the State Organizing Convener Prakash Byadarahalli said that one lakh Women belonging to Dalit community from all over the State are expected to participate in the convention which would discuss various aspects concerned with the women including atrocities and demands.

He said that the Samiti would also strongly oppose coal based Thermal Power Project by Nagarjuna Power Corporation Limited (NPCL) near Udupi.

Stressing the need for a united fight against the project to bring total pressure on the government instead of individual or by some groups, he said that the Samiti which would have its state committee meeting on December 30 would discuss about the project and chalk out the agitational programme against the project.

Referring to the alleged atrocities and harassment on a dalit leader by the Karkala police, he warned that the Samiti would launch statewide agitation if the leader was not released dropping all false cases against him.

He said that the Samiti among other things would also demand that land identified to dalits in Udupi district should be realloted to landless dalit families, strict measures should be taken by the district administration against the employers who were alleged to have harassing the dalit laborers, the administration should also take immediate steps on construction of dalit and backward class girls hostels in the three taluks of Udupi district for which Rs One crore had already been sanctioned.

He said that the district administration had failed to convene the district level redressal meeting to discuss about the problems of dalits since last six month. The administration should convene the meeting at the earliest. He also demanded that the proposed site at the End Point near Manipal for construction of Deputy Commissioner's Office complex should be allocated for setting of Biotech Park in the name of Dr B R Ambedkar.

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