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SEEKING A FAIR DEAL: Members of the district unit of the Karnataka State Devadasi Vimochana Sangha staging a dharna in Raichur on Tuesday seeking enforcement of a government order on re-survey of Devadasis.
SEEKING A FAIR DEAL: Members of the district unit of the Karnataka State Devadasi Vimochana Sangha staging a dharna in Raichur on Tuesday seeking enforcement of a government order on re-survey of Devadasis.

Staff Correspondent

Many of them were left out in the earlier survey

Rs. 1 lakh sought as grant to promote marriages among Devadasis

Amendments to Eradication of Devadasi Act, 1982, demanded

Raichur: Members of the district unit of the Karnataka State Devadasi Vimochana Sangha staged a dharna here on Tuesday demanding that the Government enforce its order for a re-survey for preparation of a fresh list of identified Devadasis in the district.

Around 100 activists, led by H. Padma, convener of the district unit of the sangha, came in a procession from Ambedkar Circle to the Deputy Commissioner’s office, where they staged a dharna before submitting a memorandum to the district administration in this regard.

In the memorandum, they stated that the earlier survey conducted by the Government during 1993-94 to identify Devadasis in the State was not proper.

Many Devadasis and their children were left out in the survey and therefore denied of benefits under the rehabilitation programme. As a result, they were in dire straits. The Government ordered a re-survey to identify the families that were left out after the sangha resorted to protests. However, it did not take any step to enforce the order, the members said.

They demanded that the Government conduct a re-survey immediately and include the left out families in the rehabilitation programme. They also sought enhancement of the monthly pension of all identified Devadasis to Rs. 750 in the district, apart from issuance of Antyodaya cards and allotment of houses on the lines of the Maharashtra Government. The Government should extend bank loans to all eligible Devadasis at 75 per cent subsidy for taking up self-employment, and allocate separate funds for all Devadasi families under the Amrut Yojna.

It should provide free education and accommodation to children of Devadasis and accord priority to them in Government jobs, the members said.

They also demanded the Government to announce a grant of Rs. 1 lakh to each family to promote marriages among Devadasis and make suitable amendments to the Eradication of Devadasi Act, 1982.

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