National Commission for SC/ST visits village hit by communal clash

Updated - November 17, 2021 06:43 am IST

Published - February 25, 2011 06:07 pm IST - Madurai

Charred remains of a Dalit hut which was completely burnt down during a attack on February 13, at Parali Pudur. Photo: S. James

Charred remains of a Dalit hut which was completely burnt down during a attack on February 13, at Parali Pudur. Photo: S. James

Members of the National Commission for SC and ST visited Parali Pudur village in nearby Dindigul district, in connection with the communal clashes that took place there earlier this month.

The team, led by National Commission for SCs’ State Unit Director E. Dasarathan, spoke yesterday with Dalit residents of the village whose houses were allegedly set ablaze and ransacked by caste Hindus on Feb 13.

District officials including the police explained to the commission measures taken protect the Dalits and ensure peace after the clashes.

They said the law and order situation in the village was being monitored daily by the police and revenue officials, which had brought back normalcy.

The clash erupted following a dispute over the erection of flag masts of Dalit leader Thirumavalavan’s Viduthalai Chiruthiagal Katchi (VCK) and the another caste.

Talking to reporters in Madurai, Commission member Latha Priyakumar said the Commission had recommended setting up separate police stations all over the country to deal with atrocities against Dalits.

She said besides reviewing the prevailing situation in the district, the Commission would also audit the accounts relating to spending of funds earmarked for the Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department (ADTWD) in seven districts, including Dindigul.

Ms. Priyakumar criticised the ADTWD of Tamil Nadu for poor maintenance of the Adi Dravidar hostels in the State and said the weekly food menu was not maintained in almost all hostels, leading to malnutrition among the inmates.

There was a suggestion to implement spoken English course for the hostel inmates, she added.

Another suggestion to cancel the annual family income ceiling of Rs. 24,000 to avail the assistance of Rs. 2,500 towards funeral rites in the case of death in SC/ST families and increase the amount to Rs. 5,000 had also been forwarded to the State government, she said.

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