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They took out a procession in the main streets of the city

  • Move to give pension of Rs. 400 a month welcomed
  • Demand for a census of Devadasis all over the State
  • BELLARY: A large number of Devadasis, drawn from all over the district, under the banner of Karnataka Rajya Devadasi Mahileyara Vimochana Sangha, staged a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office here on Monday to press for their demands.

    They took out a procession in the main streets of the city and submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy urging him to fulfil all the promises made to them.

    The Devadasis welcomed the decision of the State Government to give pension of Rs. 400 a month. But they opposed the rule that only those who were above 45 years were eligible for the pension benefit. Stating that the rule was unscientific, they wanted the Government to extend the pension to all the Devadasis.

    The Devadasis have underlined the need for the Government to conduct census of Devadasis all over the State, as the figures being quoted were based on the census done about fifteen years ago.

    Houses and Antyodaya cards, announcing a special scheme for allocating a minimum of two acres of land to each Devadasi, granting of soft loan and 75 percent subsidy to enable the Devadasis to take up dairy activities, providing free education and admission to Devadasi children without any competition/entrance tests, establishing of a welfare fund, chalking out proper rules under the Devadasi (prohibition) Act and announcing rehabilitation scheme were among their other demands.

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