Potters belonging to the Kumbara community staged a protest on Sunday demanding an independent welfare board for them.

N. Nagesh, president of the Kumbara Welfare Association, told The Hindu that in the 2010-11 budget, the community was recognised and the Government earmarked Rs. 3 crore for the Kumbhakala Abhivruddhi Mandali.

“However, the mandali was merged with the D. Devaraj Urs Backward Classes Development Corporation. There are around 25 lakh people belonging to the community in the city. Yet, only four were nominated as directors to the mandali. The mandali should work as an independent body and not under any corporation,” he said.

He also said that the president of the independent welfare board should be nominated from the Kumbara community. “Only a person from the community will understand our problems and issues concerning us,” he added.

Mr. Nagesh said that if in a month's time, the Government failed to fulfil the demands of the community, the association would stage another protest in front of the Chief Minister's residence.

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