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Dalits seek ownership of land, resources, equality

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) Thousands of Dalits from more than 300 organisations today marched to the Parliament Street demanding equitable ownership of land, natural resources and equal dignity to all besides ensuring quality of education, health and employment to the downtrodden.

The march ''Dalit Dignity Rally'' started from Ramlilla Maidan and was stopped at the Parliament Street by police personnel where they held a rally demanding setting up of Dalit Development Ministry to be headed by the Prime Minister for the welfare of Dalits.

Also, they sought time-bound programme for the distribution of land to Dalits and other landless people, setting up a commission to inquire the socio-economic status of Dalits and proportional allocation of budgetary support for the uplift of depressed people.

The protestors also damanded a minimum quota for SC/STs and minorities in all government welfare schemes, annulling of the anti-coversion law by states and sensitising of the administration network towards the plight of Dalits.

Those who addressed the rally included Ashok Bharati, founder and convernor of World Dignity Forum, CPI leader D Raja, former MP chief minister Digvijay Singh, Janata Dal (U) President Sharad Yadav and several other Dalit leaders.

Earlier, as a prelude, National Conference of Dalit Organisations (NACDOR) which organised the rally held a Dalit Sansad at Delhi Scounts and Guide Grounds here and prepared a charter of Dalit demands to be submitted to the Prime Minister.


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