Demanding the speedy implementation of the Akrama Sakrama scheme that will legalise encroachments in rural areas, members of the Karnataka Dalitha Sangharsha Samiti (Ambedkarvadi) will carry out a protest meet in the city on July 10.

The organisation has said that the scheme (94c of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964) was one of the electoral promises of the Congress before the Assembly elections and this was yet to be implemented in full.

In a release, the Samiti also demanded that the 22.75 per cent funds reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC and ST) be extended to pay for repairs of houses, construction of toilets, scholarship for students and health facilities, among others.

Ambedkar Bhavan

The rally will also focus on the construction of an Ambedkar Bhavan at 1.76 acres at Urva – the proposal had been stalled by the urban development department as it had been categorised as ‘park land’ – filling up of all backlogs and vacant posts in government departments, maintaining and construction of new hostels for SC/ST students, increase in student scholarships to tackle rising costs of essentials, among others.

The protest meet will begin at 10.30 a.m. at the Deputy Commissioner’s office where Dalit activists and community leaders are scheduled to deliberate on the demands.

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