Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 29.09.15  

Two Dalit men beaten to death in Bihar – Zee News


CPM Finds Fault with Chief Minister’s ‘Assigned’ Land Bank – The New India Express


Now, thanas for SCs an STs in UP – The Times Of India


Dalits demand house site pattas – The Hindu


SC/BC union gives call for 85th amendment  – The Tribune


80 transgenders among 2L students taking CAT this yr – The Times Of India


Hassan is third in State in number of bonded labourers – The Hindu


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Zee News

 Two Dalit men beaten to death in Bihar


Last Updated: Monday, September 28, 2015 – 13:57

Munger (Bihar): Two Dalit men were beaten to death allegedly by a group of people at a village in Munger district.

The incident took place at Pachrukhi village last night as the two men, identified as Anil Pasi and Setho Pasi, were mercilessly beaten to death by some persons, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Lalit Mohan Sharma said.

The assailants also slit the throat of the victims with sharp-edged weapons in a fit of rage, he said.

The bodies have been sent for post-mortem, Sharma said, adding, a case has been registered in this connection and raids were being carried out to nab the assailants.

The reason behind the murder was yet to be ascertained, the DSP added.

The New India Express

 CPM Finds Fault with Chief Minister’s ‘Assigned’ Land Bank


By Express News Service Published: 29th September 2015 04:45 AM Last Updated: 29th September 2015 04:54 AM

VIJAYAWADA:  The CPM has alleged that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has given instructions to the collectors to concentrate on assigned lands for building a land bank as the government will not have to pay any compensation.

CPM state secretary P Madhu, speaking to mediapersons here on Monday, said that it meant that the government is keen on cornering the assigned lands all of which are owned by poor Dalits. In the CRDA region, it has so far not paid anything to the poor from whom assigned lands were taken though they were promised annuity just as the way it was being paid to other farmers owning non-assigned lands.

Madhu said that the worst fears have come true when the chief minister announced that a corporation with participation from companies abroad would be floated to ‘do business and earn money’. In CRDA, the government had bullied the farmers into giving 33,000 acres and now the government intends to transfer these lands to foreign companies for them to do business in real estate sector.

The CPM leader said it was doubtful to what extent the government’s intention would yield results as, according to the opinion of analysts, there might not the kind of demand that would help the company earn profits in crores.

Madhu said that though lakhs of acres of land has remained un-utilised in SEZs, the chief minister was going in for farmers’ lands, only to please the World Bank. The government is getting ready to roll out a red carpet for the foreign companies, offering free power, free water, lands at concessional price and transport facilities.

The CPM leader said that this would lead to an uneven competition to the native industry as the latter would not be able to stand up to the foreign companies. This way, the native industry is also going to take a hit and they would finally end as appendages to the foreign companies, he said.

He said that the CPM was getting ready for a long-drawn out battle with the government for its anti-farmer and anti-people policies.

The Times Of India

 Now, thanas for SCs an STs in UP


Pervez Iqbal Siddiqui,TNN | Sep 29, 2015, 01.13 AM IST

LUCKNOW: On the lines of mahila thanas, Uttar Pradesh will soon have police stations especially for complaints related scheduled castes (SCs) and schedules tribes (STs). In the first phase, such police stations will be set up in major cities and thereafter in rest of the state. The government plans to set up at least one such police station in every district.

The UPP and the social welfare department are jointly preparing a draft on the specifics like the staff allocation, location of the police station and necessary logistics for the new set-up. “The police stations will be set up under a scheme in which the Center and the state will bear the expenditure for setting up such units,” said a senior officer of the social welfare department.

 The draft, once ready, will be forwarded to the principal secretary, home, for formal clearance and notification of police stations. As per the draft, the police station will initially come up at the district police headquarters or the reserve police lines and will operate from the office of the Special Enquiry Cell in every district.

The police station will be headed by an inspector or a station officer and have two head constables and constables apart from women police personnel. It will also offer counseling in when required to find an amicable solution to disputes before going ahead to register a criminal case.

The idea behind such police units is to deal with cases of crime lodged by people from schedule caste and schedule tribe community in order to ensure due proper attention to such cases. As per the provisions of the draft, there is a proposal to reimburse the victims for the conveyance in case they are summoned to the police station in connection with their complaint.

A deputy superintendent of police-rank (DSP) officer will be posted as the nodal officer while an additional SP (ASP) rank officer will be the zonal in charge of such police stations as per the initial draft. “Those police officers without posting and attached to police lines will be posted at these police stations,” said a senior officer at the DGP headquarters.

“Such police stations are already in place in states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. In most of the states, these police stations have come up as a joint initiative of the state police and the Union ministry of home affairs,” an IPS officer, privy to the draft, said.

The Hindu

 Dalits demand house site pattas



Scores of Dalits from Rathinapuri under Kayalpatnam Municipality in Tiruchendur taluk thronged the Collectorate here on Monday seeking the intervention of the district administration to get them house site pattas.

In a petition submitted to Collector M. Ravikumar, they said that they had been living at Rathinapuri for several years but they had not got house site pattas.

They said that many of them were working on daily wages.

Several houses in parts of Rathinapuri sheltered more than two families. Some of the people had been living in huts since 2000 managing with the assistance provided by the Adi Dravida Welfare Department, they claimed.

They had submitted several petitions to the district administration and at the Tiruchendur Revenue Divisional Office over the last one year, but no effort was taken to provide them pattas.

The agitators entered the Collector’s office demanding pattas at the earliest.

The Collector told them that necessary steps would be taken to provide them pattas.

Suddenly, the blood pressure of one of the agitators, Sudali (55), shot up and she was rushed to Tuticorin Government Medical College Hospital in a 108 ambulance

VCK protest

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi cadres also staged a demonstration at the Collectorate demanding house site pattas for several people residing at Thomas Nagar in Ilupaioorani. Later, a petition was submitted to the Collector.

The Tribune

 SC/BC union gives call for 85th amendment


Tribune News Service, Jalandhar, September 28

Employees belonging to Scheduled Caste/Backward Class category and Lok Ekta Front have given a call for the 85th Constitutional amendment and taking back of the government letter regarding seniority lists released on October 10 last year. Members of the unions said to press for these demands they would hold a protest dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Jalandhar on October 2. 

Speaking to mediapersons at a conference here today, members said the state government was trying to rob the Dalits of their constitutional rights. They termed the October 10, 2014, letter against the reservation policy and demanded that it should be taken back. Front leaders Sarwan Singh Kalyan, Malagar Singh among others said despite a huge backlog of the SC category, employees of this group were not being given jobs.

They said fee of wards of parents, who belonged to low-income group, was not being pardoned and various schemes meant for the poor were also not being released. Notably, the SC/BC Employees Front is against the seniority lists released for employees of the Education Department recently. On the other hand the general and NC Welfare Federations have been holding meetings to advocate for the release of the list. 

The clash of demands of these two groups over the seniority lists, objections for which have to be filed by the last date, which is September 30, is a major bone of contention that the Education Department will have to decide.

The Times Of India

 80 transgenders among 2L students taking CAT this yr


Hemali Chhapia,TNN | Sep 29, 2015, 01.00 AM IST

Mumbai: As the Indian Institutes of Management opened registration for candidates wanting to seek admission to the B-schools, 80 transgender students signed up to take the Common Admission Test (CAT).

IIM-Ahmedabad, which is in charge of conducting the entrance test, said it is the first time so many transgender candidates have evinced interest in taking the competitive exam. The numbers are based on the forms that aspirants have filled and the IIMs have not verified whether all these candidates fall in the transgender category.Last year’s data is not available.

Women candidates’ count too has increased with 69,176 — from 55,000 last year — who are likely to take CAT.

“Overall, the registration figures for CAT-2015 have surged and are the highest in the last five years,” said an IIM-A official. Total number of those who have registered to take CAT-2015 stands at 2.19 lakh. Last year, 1.96 lakh candidates registered for the exam. The number of registrations was recorded as 1.95 lakh in 2013, 2.14 lakh in 2012, 2.05 lakh in 2011.

Only in 2009 did the IIMs see a larger pool of students who wrote the competitive test – 2.42 lakh. Before that, till CAT 2008, the test was a paper pencil based test which suddenly switched over to computer-based test (CBT) in 2009. The institute had registered 1.83 lakh candidates till September 20, which was earlier the last day for registration. Later, the date was extended to Friday.

Stretching the deadline, said IIM-A faculty, was a probable explanation for the increase in candidate numbers. IIM-A also reached out to more candidates.

“The number of cities where the exam will be taken also had a bearing on the increase in candidate numbers. Efforts were made to build registration centres in areas in the city’s interiors to attract more women candidates. Again, this year the number of IIMs too have increased,” said a faculty member. Insiders said the newer IIMs, in Srinagar and Odisha, may have generated interest among candidates of those regions.

The Hindu

 Hassan is third in State in number of bonded labourers



Hassan district stands third in the State in the number of bonded labourers, a system prohibited through law in 1976.

According to a committee constituted to study the prevalence of the system in the State, as many as 827 people have been working as bonded labourers in Hassan district.

The committee, headed by journalist Shivaji Ganeshan, has considered the survey conducted by Jeevika, a non-government organisation (NGO), to arrive at this figure. According to the NGO’s survey, there are 7,646 bonded labourers in the State. Bidar has the highest number of bonded labourers (1,357). Mysuru stands second with 830. The Hindu had reported on prevalence of the bonded labour system in Ragimaruru village in Arakalgud taluk and Shivayyanakoplu in Hassan taluk in 2013. Jeevika had done its survey in these villages.

However, the district administration refused to consider the findings of the organisation.

Even two years after the issue of bonded labourers at Ragimaruru came to light, the rehabilitation package has not reached them.

M.S. Yogeesh, an advocate who earlier worked with Jeevika to conduct the survey, on Sunday, told The Hindu that as per the law, bonded labourers should get relief in the form of land. “So far, the district administration has not considered the bonded labourers of Ragimaruru for relief. The administration does not want to admit the fact that the practice of making poor Dalits work for a paltry sum is still continuing. Almost all workers, found during the survey, were Dalits,” he said. In Ragimaruru, around 40 bonded labourers were noticed by Jeevika. Some of them worked for years for low pay. Many worked only to repay the loan their parents had borrowed years ago. The district administration constituted an officers’ team to study the issue. The officers reportedly concluded that they were not bonded labourers. N.R. Purushottam, District Social Welfare officer, said, “There are no bonded labourers in the district. Whenever there were reports about the system in practice, we enquired. So far we have not noticed prevalence of the practice in the district. However, if there are any, the administration is committed to provide them relief.”

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET


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