Union Minister Oscar Fernandes feels its needs are genuine
Bangalore: Governor Rameshwar Thakur on Tuesday assured the members of the barber community that the Government will look into the demands contained in a memorandum submitted to him by the Karnataka State Savita Kala Sangha.
Inaugurating the second anniversary of the sangha and presenting the Savita Kala Puraskar awards to noted musicians, Mr. Thakur said that the senior officers in the departments of Social Welfare, Muzrai and Kannada and Culture will be asked to study the requirements of the community and do the needful.
The Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Oscar Fernandes told the Governor that the demands were genuine and they deserved immediate attention by the Government. G. Parameshwar, member of the Congress Working Committee, I.M. Vittalamurthy, Secretary, Tourism and Kannada and Culture, R.K. Srikanthan, noted vocalist and Pandit Narasimhalu Vadivati, noted clarionet, were present.
The Governor felicitated Master Hirannaiah, noted stage artist and actor, M.P.N. Poonuswamy Pillai, along with nagaswara and dolu artistes P. Rajagopal, K.S. Mani and R. Rajkumar. The sangha working President M.C. Venugopal, in his memorandum said that the barbers, belonging to the category 2A in the Karnataka State Backward Classes list could not benefit from it, as the powerful castes in it had garnered all the opportunities. He urged the Governor to allot a separate category-2B in the list and put Madivalas, Kumbaras and Savita samaja in it.
He said that there were 24 synonyms for the barber community in the State and urged the Government to bring all of them under one name — Savita samaja. He wanted the Government to remove “Hajama”, a derogatory term from the list, which is usually used by some as a form of insult. He said the name should be removed from the Government records and a law enacted to punish those continuing the practice. The demand pertaining to this has been pending with the Government for a long time, he added.