DSS' protest rally for Budget allocation for SC/STs

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Udupi, Aug 4 (UNI) Karnataka Dalit Sangharsh Samithi (DSS) (Bhimvad) would organise a protest rally to Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa's home office on August 12, demanding Budget allocation to SC/STs based on their population in the state.

Addressing a press conference here today, R Mohanraj, the state committee convener of DSS said '' at least 1000 members from each district of the state would participate in the protest rally.

He added that the budgetary allocation for various developmental activities for SC/STs in the state was only seven per cent as against their population in the state which is 22.5 per cent.'' Despite their appeal, the Chief Minister had failed to evolve schemes for the social and economical development of these sections.

The budgetary allocation should be made on the basis of their population, Mr Mohanraj demanded.

'' This would be the first step of the protest against the government before taking further agitational steps if the government failed to fulfil their demand,'' he said.

He added that the DSS besides other things, would demand implementation of Single Window System for the schemes for SC/STs, scholarships for SC/ST students on par with other states, construction of more hostels for these students, waiver of loans for those availed loans from Dr Ambedkar Development Corporation till 2007, reservation to these sections in the private companies and industries, reservation in the appointment of 'Archakas' (priests) in the temples under Muzrai department and actions against those employed in the government offices with fake caste certificates.

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