'Morcha' for demands of NT and ST people

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Nashik, Dec 26 (UNI) A 'morcha' was organised by Maharashtra Nomadic Tribes (MNT) and Vimukta Jati Sangh (VJS) Mumbai, for various demands of the Nomadic Tribe (NT) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities here today.

Thousands of people belonging to various Nomadic Tribes such as Kaikadi, Vadar, Lama, Pardhi participated in the 'morcha'.

The 'morcha' was led by VJS Founder General Secretary G G Chavan and began from Panchavati area and passed from various areas of the city.

Prominent among their demands were enrollment in voters list, allotment of ratio cards, BPC cards, 15 per cent representation in local bodies, Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, State Legislative Assembly, allotment of land to the landless, houses to the homeless, cancellation of 'Creamy Layer' condition, education for children and reservation for women.

Main demands made by the Pardhi Community were action against the treatment of police to people of this community as 'Criminals', rehabilitation of the community and demand of Rs 1,000 crore annual package.

A delegation gave memorandum of the demands to Resident District Collector Ramesh Kale and at Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) office.

Talking to UNI, Mr Chavan said, ''We will organise one such 'morcha' at Delhi in the first week of March. We will also meet UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, CPI(M) Polit Bureau Member Sitaram Yechury and press for our demands'' He said the Union Government should make financial provisions for these neglected communities in the Union Budget and should monitor the implementation of the project to be implemented using this money.

UNI

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