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PAYING TRIBUTES: Holehonnur MLA G. Basavannappa paying tributes to Dalit leaders at a function in Shimoga on Wednesday.
PAYING TRIBUTES: Holehonnur MLA G. Basavannappa paying tributes to Dalit leaders at a function in Shimoga on Wednesday.

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They continue to suffer socio-economic discrimination, says MLA

SHIMOGA: G. Basavannappa, MLA from Holehonnur reserved Constituency and former Minister, said here on Wednesday that the problems confronting Dalits and other neglected sections would not be solved by mere remembering their leader B.R. Ambedkar. "There is a need for serious attempts to implement his thoughts and ideals," he said.

Inaugurating the "Weaker Sections Day" organised as part of the national integrity week at the zilla panchayat he said elections had no bearing on the condition of Dalits and backward classes.

They continue to suffer socio-economic discrimination even after nearly sixty years of independence, he said.

Mr. Basavannappa said that their conditions could not be ameliorated unless they were given adequate educational and political opportunities. He regretted that middlemen were swindling the funds earmarked for implementation of welfare projects.

"To avoid it there is a need to review the progress of implementation of these programmes through separate committees at least once in five years," he said.

Mr. Basavannappa said that the "pathetic" living conditions of Dalits and backward classes in rural areas should awaken those who had the responsibility of implementing welfare measures for them. He said it was ironical that the fight for reservation had become inevitable.

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