Staff Reporter

ANANTAPUR: The AP Legislative Assembly House Committee on Scheduled Castes’ Welfare observed here on Thursday that the practice of social discrimination in the name of caste and untouchability were high in Anantapur district. The committee blamed the negligence of the administration in checking the social problem.

Led by Committee Chairman S. Gangaram, members Masala Padmaja, Lalithakumari, Sunnam Rajaiah and Masku Narasimhulu also accepted representations from individuals and associations on the problems of SCs. Based on the representations received and interaction with officials and others the Committee felt that discrimination was found too high in Anantapur compared to all the 11 districts the panel had visited so far.

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The Committee pointed out that practices of social discrimination like ban on entry into temples, two-tumbler system, discrimination at drinking water sources, discrimination in government schemes like land distribution and NREGS were also found to be high in the district. Dalits were also not being given priority in land distribution and NREGS schemes in several villages in the district, they said. They stressed the implementation of 42 recommendations of the Justice Punnaiah Commission and suggested the police and revenue officials visit villages where the social discrimination was being practiced to educate people against the social evil.