The dalit organisations under the aegis of SC, ST Sub Plan Nidhula Sadhana Ikya Karyacharana Committee have staged a dharna in front of Sub Collector's office here demanding the government to implement SC, ST sub plan strictly.

The dalit organisations' leaders, on Monday, alleged that the State Government completely ignored the welfare of dalits and their development.

‘Not sincere'

The allocations made in the budget and expenditure incurred in last six years proved beyond the doubt that the government was not sincere in its promises made to the dalits. It was unfortunate that the dalits were forced to take up agitations at State level even for trivial issues.

The dalit organisations have been demanding the government to provide Cabinet rank to head of the SC,ST Commission, and appoint a retired or sitting High Court judge; the allocations for special component plan (ST Sub Plan) need to be made based on the population.

The government was also asked to ensure that the funds were not diverted to other sectors or fields, they said, adding, there was no response from the government.

Though statues of Ambedkar were being desecrated, the government did not respond in way it ought to do so. The dalit organisations have decided to organise Chalo Assembly to mount pressure on the government to address the problems and demands of dalits, they said.

KVPS city secretary G. Nataraju, city president P. Koteswara Rao, Dravida Stata State president P. Ratna Raju and others spoke.

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