Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 01.01.16

Raj dalit IAS officer embraces Islam crying victimization Business Standard


Govt takes over Dalits’ school The Hindu


28 dalit entrepreneurs get 104 cr venture fund in 15 The Hans India


Cow commission head alleges caste bias The Tribune


Business Standard

Raj dalit IAS officer embraces Islam crying victimisation


Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur December 31, 2015 Last Updated at 20:42 IST

A dalit IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre aspiring to become the state’s chief Secretary today embraced Islam and applied for voluntary retirement alleging “victimisation” because of his caste after the incumbent top-most bureaucrat was given a three-month extension.

The Rajasthan government, however, trashed Umrao Salodia’s charge that he was victimised because of his schedule caste origin as “baseless” and said a number of dalits occupied important positions.

“I am Chairman of RSRTC and Additional Chief Secretary for the last over four years and competent for the post of Chief Secretary but the present CS has been given 3 months’ extension by the state government. Hence I cannot work under a junior,” Salodiya, Chairman of Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation, said.

“I was under the impression that being a member of Scheduled Caste and a senior IAS officer I would be given a chance to work as Chief Secretary. I feel victimised. Hence I submitted three months notice of VRS to the state government,” the Additional Chief Secretary rank officer said.

Umrao Salodiya, who will now be known as Umrao Khan, said “Now the state government has to take a decision on my VRS-cum -protest letter within three months. My retirement is due in June 2016.”

Incumbent Chief Secretary C S Rajan, who was to retire today, has been given three months extension by the Vasundhara Raje government.

The Rajasthan government, however, rejected Salodiya’s charge and even hinted at action against him.

“Salodia has violated the All India Service Rules 1968 by crticising the government from a public forum. His allegations against the government are absolutely baseless. Raje government has never victimised anyone,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore told reporters.

He said that the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Kailash Meghwal, Chairman of RPSC Lalit K Panwar and Chairman of Rajasthan Subordinate and Ministerial Services Selection Board Ramkhiladi Meena come from SC/ST sections and there was no discrimination.

“As far as the extension of Chief Secretary for three months is concerned, it was done after the state government forwarded a proposal to Centre under rules. Earlier also, similar extensions were given to officers like Govind Mishra, M L Mehta and Anil Vaishya,” he said.

The Hindu

Govt takes over Dalits’ school



Decision to hand over school taken in December 1999

A primary school run by Dalits to educate their children since 1939 has been handed over to the State government.

Though the beleaguered administrative committee, after the murder of its member Arumugam, decided to hand over the school to the government in December 1999 and was waiting for final orders, it was a report carried by ‘ The Hindu’ on the condition of the school that has helped in completing the process.

When a Brahmin philanthropist saw the pathetic living conditions of Dalits around Pappakudi in Tirunelveli district, he donated land, measuring 2,558 square feet, and constructed a building with a plinth area of 1,070 sq ft for a primary school at Thazhaiyadi Patcheri with 80 Adi Dravidar families under Harikesavanallur panchayat in 1939.

This enabled Adi Dravidar children to enter school for the first time. The school, aided by the government, was subsequently named Committee Harijan Primary School as the philanthropist had handed over the property to Dalits. On October 22, 1999, Arumugam, a member of the managing committee, was murdered by caste Hindus.

Following the murder, most of the Dalit families gradually left Thazhaiyadi Patcheri, which is surrounded by caste Hindu hamlets, to settle down in other villages as they feared for their safety.

The school, which had 90 children, including 60 Dalit students, at that time could not be peacefully run by the committee which resolved on December 1, 1999 to hand it over to the government.

Subsequently, the resolution copy, secretary’s letter and other documents were forwarded to the Department of School Education on December 17, 1999. Even after the property was registered in the name of the Governor as required by the Department of School Education, the government delayed the process.

After a wait of 18 months, the committee received a letter from the Director of School Education, saying the government was willing to accept the proposal. But the letter laid a few conditions, like ensuring the building’s sturdiness by a Public Works Department engineer. The PWD took three more years to issue the certificate.

Finally, the Director of School Education sent a letter to the Secretary, Department of School Education, on January 1, 2012, recommending the school’s takeover. However, the Secretary’s office claimed that no such letter was received from the Director. Ultimately, the school’s development and creation of additional infrastructure were affected.

‘ The Hindu’ carried a report in December 2013, which urged the Department of School Education to issue the Government Order on taking over the school, which now has 35 children.

The Hans India

28 dalit entrepreneurs get 104 cr venture fund in 15


 January 01,2016, 02.45 AM  IST | THE HANS INDIA

Hyderabad: It may be surprising but BJP and Congress are on the page when it comes to dalit entrepreneurs. While the Congress Finance Minister P Chidambaram had announced and NDA government had set up a ventuer capital fund for promoting dalit entreprenuers in January 2015 with a corups of Rs 200 crore.

According to Rakesh Dubbudu, in his artical ‘Encouraging Dalit Entrepreneurs’ published in Factly.in, the fund was, so far, sactioned to the extent of Rs 104.7 crore for 28 dalit entrepreneurs. “The venture capital fund would select those projects that have at least 60% stake holding by Scheduled Caste entrepreneurs for the past 12 months with management control.”

He said, till December 2015, about 28 projects were sanctioned funding, while the fund size ranging as low as Rs 0.52 crore to as high as Rs 15 crore. While Telangana has 4 and Andhra Pradesh has 2 dalit entrepreneurs whose projects were selected for funding.

There is equal distribution among manufactruing and services projects as 13 are from manufacturing and 12 from services sectors and remaining three are in solar power generation. Interestingly, three out of four healthcare sector belongs to ayurvedic medicine manufacturers while remaining one belongs to genertic grug manufacturer.

The Tribune

Cow commission head alleges caste bias


Says paid less for being Dalit, moves SC panel

Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 31

The chairman of the cow commission has approached the State Scheduled Castes Commission alleging caste-based discrimination by the government.

Sources said Keemti Bhagat, chairman, Punjab Gau-Sewa Commission, gave a representation to the SC commission today alleging he was paid lesser honorarium as compared to chairmen of various other commissions because he belongs to the SC community.

Taking note of the complaint, the SC commission has also issued a notice to the Department of Animal Husbandry.

In his complaint, Bhagat alleged as per the provisions Punjab Gau Sewa Commission Act 2014, being chairman of the commission, he should have been paid Rs1 lakh honorarium per month. “Chairmen of various other commissions in state are being paid honorarium as mentioned in the memorandum,” he said in his representation while attaching a list of 10 other chairmen of different commissions.

He alleged he was being paid Rs25,000 honorarium and equal amount as house rent which was half as compared to the amount mentioned in the Punjab Gau-Sewa Commission Act, 2014.

“I belong to the SC community which is why I am not being paid honorarium as per the Act,” he said in his representation.

He urged the SC commission to issue directions to the officials concerned to pay him honorarium as per the Act.

Rajesh Bagha, chairman, Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission, confirmed that the commission had received the complaint. “We found merit in his claim and a notice has been issued to the Animal Husbandry Department,” said Bagha.

Aiming at the welfare of cows, the Punjab Gau-Sewa Commission was constituted in 2014 and Keemti Bhagat was appointed as its first chairman in January 2015. The government is spending around Rs30 lakh annually to run the commission.

“There is no doubt that I am being discriminated against because I belong to the Scheduled Caste community. The government is not ready to pay me whatever they have mentioned in the act,” said Bhagat.

He said before going to the SC commission he had given two representations to the Animal Husbandry Department but nobody paid heed.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET

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