Members of the Karnataka Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (DSS) will take out a “drum beat protest procession” from the Town Hall to the Vidhana Soudha here on February 15 to urge the Union and State Governments to present a “budget” for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
DSS president N. Murthy told presspersons here on Thursday that the State Government had in the last two years not completely utilised the funds reserved for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.
He urged the State Government to present a “budget” similar to a “budget” which will be presented for farmers.
Mr. Murthy said that a memorandum containing a 10-point demand would be submitted to the Government.
The demands included the implementation of a single window system, waiving Rs. 306 crore loans availed of by members of Scheduled Tribes from the Dr. Ambedkar Development Corporation, and allocation of 25 per cent funds in the budget for the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.