Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 24.04.16


Tear gas shells fired, 8 held in Gujarat – The Hindu


Punjab: Man who ‘abducted, raped’ Dalit woman heldThe Indian Express


Former MP seeks White Paper on spending of SC/ST Sub-Plan funds – The Hindu


Anti-Dalit profs being rewarded: Activist – The Tribune


Complaint  againstJamiaMilliaIslamia: HRD seeks reply from varsityThe Indian Express


Rules notified for SC/ST Act: Probes to be completed within 60 days –The Indian Express


Measly scholarship for dalits: Verka – The Times Of India


Centre’s scholarships save IIM-A money – The Times Of India


Amid high-pitch campaign, it is lethargy in PlachimadaThe Hindu


CM urged to continue reservation in promotion for ST, SC, OBC peopleDaily Excelsior



The Hindu

Tear gas shells fired, 8 held in Gujarat


Eight persons were arrested on Saturday for pelting stones at the police after an altercation broke out between members of two communities over entry to a temple in a village in Gandhinagar, officials said.

According to the police, members of the Dalit community in Piplaj village had taken out a religious procession which was stopped by members of the Darbar community as they did not want them to enter a village temple.

When the police reached the spot, they started hurling stones at them after which police lobbed three tear gas shells to disperse the crowd, SP (Gandhinagar) Virendra Singh Yadav said.

“The Darbar community members forcibly stopped the religious procession while it was on its way to the temple and asked them to return, after which police were called in. Around two dozen police personnel reached the spot to prevent clashes and allow the Dalits to carry on with the procession,” Yadav said.

“Police fired three tear gas shells to disperse the mob after they hurled stones at the police personnel who had gone there to prevent clash between members of the two communities. Eight persons were arrested for throwing stones at the police,” he said.

The arrested accused belong to the Darbar community, police said. —PTI

A procession by Dalits was stopped by members of the Darbar community, leading to tension

The Indian Express

Punjab: Man who ‘abducted, raped’ Dalit woman held


Video of accused dragging woman out of computer centre had gone viral.

Written by RaakhiJagga | Ludhiana | Updated: April 24, 2016 5:22 am

Two days after the video of a man purportedly dragging a woman out of a computer centre in Malaut went viral, the suspect, Jagdeep Singh, 35, surrendered before a court Friday. He had been booked on charges of rape and abduction on March 30. He allegedly raped the 24-year-old woman, who belongs to a Scheduled Caste, on March 25 after taking her to Tappakhera village. His friend Sandeep Singh, who allegedly drove the car, was booked on charges of criminal conspiracy.

Police with one of the arrested boy in girl dragged and rape case in Mukatsar sahib.Express photo by Gurmeet Singh

Two days after the video of a man purportedly dragging a woman out of a computer centre in Malaut went viral, the suspect, Jagdeep Singh, 35, surrendered before a court Friday. He had been booked on charges of rape and abduction on March 30. He allegedly raped the 24-year-old woman, who belongs to a Scheduled Caste, on March 25 after taking her to Tappakhera village. His friend Sandeep Singh, who allegedly drove the car, was booked on charges of criminal conspiracy.

Jagdeep was produced in a local court Saturday and remanded in police custody for three days, said Malaut DSP Manvir Singh.

CCTV footage obtained from a house near the computer centre shows that around 8 am on March 25, Jagdeep apparently entered the centre and came out after a few minutes, dragging the woman with him. A few employees ran after them, but to no avail.

DSP Manvir Singh said, “The woman came to us on March 30 and we lodged an FIR under rape, abduction and criminal conspiracy charges. Jagdeep and Sandeep had absconded by then. We launched a search for them.”

Police said a search was on for Sandeep, who is still absconding.

On April 21, the victim met National Commission for Scheduled Castes vice-chairman Raj Kumar Verka at Amritsar and shared details of the case, including the video, with him. Verka said, “The girl and her mother met me. They gave me a complaint and also showed me the video. I have summoned IG (Bathinda zone) J K Jain and Muktsar SSP G S Gill to appear before the commission on May 3 in New Delhi.”

Punjab DGP Suresh Arora, when asked why the the suspects were not arrested earlier, said he would seek a report from IG (Bathinda zone) in this regard. “Directions are in place to take prompt action in such cases,” Arora said. Despite several attempts, Bathinda zone IG J K Jain was unavailable for comment.

Muktsar SSP Gill said, “We were trying to arrest the suspects and had conducted raids. This forced the suspect to surrender.”

The Hindu

Former MP seeks White Paper on spending of SC/ST Sub-Plan funds



Questioning the State government’s sincerity towards the welfare of the scheduled castes, former Amalapuram MP G.V. Harsha Kumar on Saturday demanded that the government publish a White Paper on the spending of SC/ST Sub-Plan funds and provide reservations to the SCs in the market committee chairman posts, contracts and wine shops.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Harsha Kumar accused Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu of trying to mislead the SCs by way of announcing the installation of tallest statue of B.R. Ambedkar.

“If the Chief Minister is really sincere towards the statue, let him allocate general funds for the project but not to divert the funds from the sub-plan,” he said, adding that injustice was meted out to the officers who belonged to the scheduled castes in promotions and the Chief Minister was expecting loyalty from the elected representatives belonged to the SC.

“Right from DGP, every key post in the government has been given to the officers belonged to the caste of the Chief Minister and it is at the cost of the careers of SC officers, who are enjoying seniority,” he said.

Reservation sought

Referring to the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of B.R. Ambedkar, the former MP said that Telangana government announced reservation for SCs in the market committee chairman posts, while Karnataka announced reservations in allocation of contracts. “But, in Andhra Pradesh no major announcement was done by the government in favour of the SCs. Let the government announce reservations at least in the allocation of wine shops,” he said.

Mr. Harsha Kumar said that he was continuing his fight against the oil companies that failed to fulfil their corporate social responsibility, but making tall claims on that front. Former Kakinada Mayor P. Saroja and others were present.

The Tribune

Anti-Dalit profs being rewarded: Activist


Renowned human rights activist and former professor of political science at Hyderabad Central University (HCU) Professor Hargopal today alleged that “at least four top anti-Dalit professors of HCU were today serving as vice-chancellors of four central universities of the country.”

“The professors whom I am referring to would always take positions against Dalits even during minor agitations on the campus. Today, they are serving as VCs…this fact is sufficient to make out what kind of people the Union Government is choosing to run the central universities,” he claimed.

Prof Hargopal, who has acted as an interlocutor between Maoists and various state governments during several hostage situations, was here as keynote speaker in a seminar “Caste question: Educational institutions and beyond” organised by NGO Lokayat and Students for Society.

He said the caste structure similar to what existed in villages was being reproduced in the universities where even most the faculties were divided on caste lines. “In such a scenario, how can we expect the university to act as the harbinger of positive change,” he questioned.

Prof Hargopal said it sounded like a joke when the Hyderabad police claimed that they couldn’t book anybody for abetting RohitVemula to commit suicide as he had held “nobody responsible” in his suicide note.

The Indian Express

Complaint  againstJamiaMilliaIslamia: HRD seeks reply from varsity


Ordered by the Delhi High Court to look into the complaints of a senior professor at JMI, the HRD ministry has sought a response from university vice-chancellor Talat Ahmad on allegations of administrative irregularities.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:April 24, 2016 4:38 am

Ordered by the Delhi High Court to look into the complaints of a senior professor at JamiaMilliaIslamia (JMI), the Ministry of Human Resource Development has sought a response from university vice-chancellor Talat Ahmad on allegations of administrative irregularities.

Professor M Obaid Siddiqui, former director of the Mass Communication Research Centre at JMI, had approached the Delhi High Court earlier this year, accusing the ministry, University Grants Commission (UGC) and the President of ignoring “mal-administration” in the university.

Siddiqui, in his complaint filed with the HRD Ministry in August 2014 and July 2015, had mentioned the alleged abolition of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe quota in faculty and staff employment, the “arbitrary” introduction of a supernumerary quota in admissions for the wards of university staff and the absence of a regular registrar and finance officer in the university, among other issues.

Siddiqui had also alleged that “the functioning of a central university has been monopolised by its officers to the detriment of legal and administrative sobriety.”

The Delhi High Court, in its judgement on February 29 this year, had directed the HRD ministry, UGC and JMI to forward complaints and representations sent by Siddiqui, along with their comments and recommendations, to the President, who is also the Visitor of all central universities.

Complying with this order, the ministry sought Ahmad’s comments this week. Sources said the ministry will forward its observations and recommendations to the Visitor before the end of May, as suggested by the high court.

When contacted, Ahmad told The Indian Express, “The ministry hasn’t done this of its own volition but is complying with the court order. We are in the process of preparing our reply and it will be sent shortly. The professor who has made the allegations was suspended two months ago and obviously has an axe to grind.”

The Indian Express

Rules notified for SC/ST Act: Probes to be completed within 60 days


The rules were notified on the 125th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar on April 14.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:April 24, 2016 1:13 am

Three months after it notified the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2015, the Centre has brought into effect the rules for the legislation, which provides for strict punishment for anyone found guilty of crimes against those from the Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes.

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had notified the Act on January 26, 2016, and the rules were notified on the 125th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar on April 14.

The Act mandates that in cases of atrocities against those from SC/ST category, probes should be completed and chargesheet filed in court within 60 days. Besides stringent punitive measures, the Act adds newer offences to the list of atrocities. These include denying access to irrigation facilities or forest rights, among others.

The Times Of India

Measly scholarship for dalits: Verka


TNN | Apr 24, 2016, 03.41 AM IST

Fatehgarh Sahib: Punjab government is giving a measly scholarship to students belonging to scheduled castes (SC) and backward classes (BC).

An official release issued by the Fatehgarh Sahib district public relations officer (DPRO) says that SC students are being given scholarships to help in their education. But the amount given to the students, as mentioned in the release, is sorely insufficient. It says girl students of classes VI to IX are being given Rs 40 per month while boys get Rs 30 per month.

The press release listed conditions for financial aid for students with limited means. For students to be eligible for scholarship, the annual income of parents belonging to SC is Rs 50,000 and annual income of BC category parents shouldn’t exceed Rs 1 lakh.

When contacted, Fatehgarh Sahib DC Kamaldeep Singh Sangha underlined the need for upgrade of old schemes like scholarships for deserving socially backward students. He said he would write to the state government, urging it to press the Centre to enhance allowance to help deserving needy students.

Meanwhile, vice-chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), Raj Kumar Verka alleged that the Punjab government is not serious about the cause of Dalit welfare. “Scholarships are not only meagre but a mockery of efforts to ameliorate socially backward classes. The law very clearly states that if the aid from the Centre was delayed, the state government should pay for scholarships and later claim it from the Union government.”

Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes (PSCSC) chairman Rajesh Bagga said he wrote to the state government to bring parity in scholarships for SCs/STs and minority community students.

The Times Of India

Centre’s scholarships save IIM-A money


Ashish Chauhan | TNN | Apr 24, 2016, 06.08 AM IST

Ahmedabad: The central government’s generosity in allocating funds to scholarships meant for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has eased the financial burden on the B-school.

For the last two years or so, SC and ST students whose annual family income is below Rs 4.50 lakh have been getting need-based central government scholarships of Rs 8 lakh per annum, which covers tuition fees and other expenditure. Officials say that IIM-A, which gave out scholarships to 239 students worth Rs 4.80 crore last year, is saving an average of Rs 1.6 crore since the increased allocation to the central SC, ST scholarship fund. “Two or three years ago, the central government didn’t offer scholarships to SC, ST students. In the last two years, the central government has been very generous in offering scholarships to SC and ST students whose family income is less than Rs 4.50 lakh. So that outgo has been reduced in our total budget,” said Professor TathagataBandyopadhyay, chairman of the admission committee at IIM-A.

Bandyopadhyay said students who have availed of the need-based scholarships go not get IIM-A scholarships, as they can’t avail of two scholarships simultaneously. According to IIM-A’s scholarship figures, 239 students got scholarships with IIM-A disbursing a total of Rs 4.80 crore in the 2015-16 batch. In the 2014-15 batch, 198 students got scholarships, for which IIM-A disbursed Rs 6.23 crore. For the 2013-14 batch, 206 students got scholarships for the B-School had disbursed Rs 6.45 crore.

The sanctioned amount was above Rs 6 crore for the 15-16 batch, but the amount disbursed was Rs 4.80 cr as 22 students withdrew, having availed of the need-based scholarship for SC and ST students from the central government, said a statement by IIM-A.

The Hindu

Amid high-pitch campaign, it is lethargy in Plachimada



Lethargy looms large over Plachimada and the water-scarce surrounding villages though other parts of the Chittur Assembly constituency are witnessing high-pitch campaigning by rival fronts. In fact, it was the stalemate caused by the President’s recent return of the Plachimada Coca Cola Victims Relief and Compensation Claims Special Tribunal Bill, which was passed unanimously by the Assembly in 2011, that turned electioneering a lukewarm affair in Plachimada, which has won global attention because of the high level of resistance against the might of aerated drinks major Coca Cola.

Friday marked the 14th anniversary of the struggle against the alleged over-exploitation of ground water by Coca Cola, and all those who attended the meeting commemorating the event blamed the NDA government at the Centre and both the LDF and the UDF for the current impasse. It was on the advice of the Home Ministry that the President returned the Bill, which was passed to ensure that the villagers are recompensed for the severe exploitation of groundwater resources and destruction of livelihood by Coca Cola.

“The NDA government at the Centre cheated us by succumbing to pressures from the multi-national giant. Both the LDF and the UDF have not responded to our demand to re-enact the legislation without requiring the President’s assent. The promise to make amends in the Bill in the last Assembly session by both the fronts also did not materialise,” said VijayanAmabalakkad, a leader of the struggle committee. Kanniyamma, an affected woman, said she was yet to decide on her electoral preferences, as all fronts had failed Plachimada. “Apart from making available Rs.216 crore in terms of compensation from Coca Cola for crippling life at Perumatty, the Bill had provisions for initiating action against the company for draining groundwater. It also had provisions to prosecute the company’s top executives under the law on prevention of atrocities against Dalits and tribal people. But all major political fronts failed us,” said local activist NeelipparaMariyappan.

Most Plachimada victims hail from the Eravala community, the most backward among the Scheduled Castes. A total of 900 families have been affected.

“Though the Coca Cola unit was closed down in 2005, the damage caused by it to our livelihood and drinking water rights still remain unaddressed,” said M. Sarasa, a local resident.

On 14th anniversary of Plachimada agitation, victims blame parties for being lukewarm

Daily Excelsior

CM urged to continue reservation in promotion for ST, SC, OBC people


Posted on 24/04/2016 by Dailyexcelsior

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 23: ShamsheerHaklaPoonchi, a prominent Gujjar leader of the State has urged Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, to pass a bill in the coming session of J&K Legislative Assembly for continuing reservation in promotion for the State Government employees belonging to ST, SC, other backward classes and backward areas.

Hakla said that in every sphere of life reservation is the need of the hour and is a necessity for the people belonging to SC, ST and OBC categories. “In order to keep them (SC, ST and OBC employees) at par with people belonging to upper castes, their reservation in promotion is an essential requirement”, he added.
Laying a specific stress on the matter, ShamsheerHakla said that even after 23 years of granting ST status to the Gujjar and Bakarwal community by Government of India, the people of the community are deprived of full benefit of it, as the Gujjar and Bakarwal community of the State is still socially, educationally, economically and politically lagging behind and backward.

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET



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