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Tamil Nadu Malaivazhvu Makkal Association and the Forum for Eradication of Untouchability stage a demonstration in Udhagamandalam on Thursday.– Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
Tamil Nadu Malaivazhvu Makkal Association and the Forum for Eradication of Untouchability stage a demonstration in Udhagamandalam on Thursday.– Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Under the aegis of the Tamil Nadu Malaivazh Makkal Association and the Tamil Nadu Forum for Eradication of Untouchability, a demonstration was staged in front of the Collectorate here on Thursday.

District secretary of the forum, R. Sadhasivam, said that the district administration should accord high priority to the implementation of programmes like the Group Houses Scheme in areas where tribals reside.

Gates put across roads meant for public use in some parts of the district should be removed.

Basic amenities including roads should be provided in places like Upper Gandhipuram, Bandishola, Amman Nagar, Ponnur, Cliffe, Semmanarai, Thalamukkai, Thiashola, and Thanamandhorai.

Community hall, and library should be constructed on land donated to Adhigaratty panchayat.

The government should bring into being a strong Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes commission.

The laws dealing with atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes should be implemented effectively and the number of special courts handling related cases should be increased.

Lands meant for Dalits should be alienated to them and the education schemes evolved for the benefit of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes should be made free of corruption.

The quota for Schedule Castes in jobs should be raised and the private sector should be made to adopt the policy.

Dalit Christians should be brought under Scheduled Castes. The State secretary of the forum, K. Ganesh, attended.

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