Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha on Wednesday termed the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Sub-Plan that was recently made an Act, a “small beginning to achieve a stupendous goal.”
“Much more needs to be done. We have just climbed one hill and more mountains remain, more peaks need to be scaled. Dalits and Girijans as a united force will strive for social respectability and economic parity,” he told The Hindu at a get-together organised by the Centre for Dalit Studies (CDS) here.
Among others present were those representing a cross-section of people including Ministers J. Geeta Reddy and Kondru Murali, Members of the Legislative Council Chukka Ramaiah and Jupudi Prabhakar, dozens of senior bureaucrats including both serving and retired and those from the media, apart from social activists.
While it was a cause for celebration because the Act was a long-felt need, CDS Director M. Anjaneyulu echoed the Deputy Chief Minister’s feelings, saying now was the time to consolidate strengths and focus on making up for all that was lost, all these years.