Staff Correspondent

Belgaum: Activists of the Karnataka Dalit Sangharsha Samiti on Wednesday staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office to press for their demands.

The dharna was led by the samiti’s district convener Kallappa Kamble and organising convener Basawaraj Kambhannavar.

Later, the samiti leaders submitted a memorandum addressed to the Governor to the district officials.

They demanded that 25 per cent of the budgetary allocations made by the Union Government and 23 per cent of the allocations made by the State Government should be set aside for the development and welfare of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes people in the State.

Their other demands included sanctioning of five acres of agricultural land to the landless Dalits engaged in agricultural activities, increasing grants under schemes such as Ganga Kalyan and financial assistance and waiver of all loans taken from government institutions.

Mr. Kamble said that Dalits, particularly Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes people, had never got their due and rightful share in the Union and State budgets and development and welfare schemes.

It was time that the governments took serious note of the problems of the people and strive for their economic betterment, he added.