Staff Correspondent

‘Set right anomalies in ration card distribution’

MANGALORE: The Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Prathishtan has urged the Commissioner of the Mangalore City Corporation to furnish details about how the funds meant for the welfare of Dalits had been utilised.

The prathishtan alleged that the corporation had not utilised the funds according to the prescribed norms and Dalits had not benefited from the schemes.

Shivappa Renkedaguttu, State president of the prathishtan, told presspersons here on Wednesday that the corporation had violated the norms laid down in the National Building Code for granting licences to builders. He urged the Lokayukta to investigate the manner in which licences had been issued for commercial complexes and apartments.

Mr. Shivappa urged the Government to present a White Paper on Ashraya and Ambedkar houses constructed for the economically and socially backward sections and title deeds given to the beneficiaries.

Mr. Shivappa charged that most of the housing schemes had remained on paper and the poor had not benefited from it. Alleging that some “caste” Hindus had secured government jobs by producing false certificates, Mr. Shivappa urged the Government to order a scrutiny of certificates. Urging the Government to set right the anomalies in the distribution of ration cards, Mr. Shivappa demanded that the quota of kerosene for ration card holders be increased to 15 litres from four litres.

He assailed the apathy of government agencies in investigating the murder of Dalit leader Shivappa Bangera of Kadabettu in Bantwal taluk. Demanding that the case be re-opened immediately, he said the prathishtana would launch a “Raj Bhavan chalo” agitation, if the Government failed to take action.

K. Salu, district president of the prathishtan, and other office-bearers were present.