The Belgaum District Valmiki Sene has questioned the delay in construction of the Valmiki Bhavan here.
Members of the organisation staged a dharna outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office on Friday.
They shouted slogans against the government and Social Welfare Department officials for their alleged discriminatory attitude towards the Valmiki community, a Scheduled Tribe.
Sene district president Basavaraj L. Badnayak, who led the dharna, said the Belgaum Urban Development Authority (BUDA) sanctioned 30 guntas of land in Survey No.98/11 under Hindalga gram panchayat limits on the outskirts of the city in 2010-11.
Following this, BUDA asked the Social Welfare Department to deposit funds for the land granted on a lease basis. Mr. Badnayak said the department had not deposited the amount, and was delaying construction work on the bhavan.
He said that the Valmiki community, which was sizeable in number in the district, faced several issues, such as a lack of employment. The government should consider employing the community’s youth in government departments and institutions, he said.
Mr. Badnayak also drew attention to the difficulties families in the community faced while carrying out the last rites of their near and dear ones.
He said there was no separate graveyard for the community in or around Belgaum, and wanted the government to provide land towards it. Sene members alleged that the Belgaum tahsildar was harassing applicants who were seeking caste and income certificates or ration cards, and was deliberately delaying their issuance.
They also added that students of the community often faced delays in getting scholarships.
30 guntas of land allotted for the bhavan in 2010-11 in Belgaum Land sought for separate graveyard for the community
30 guntas of land allotted for the bhavan
in 2010-11 in Belgaum
Land sought for separate graveyard for the community