‘Practice of caste-based allocation of graveyards should be abolished’

L. Murugan, Vice-Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes, addressing a review meeting at the Corporation Office in Madurai on Wednesday.

L. Murugan, Vice-Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes, addressing a review meeting at the Corporation Office in Madurai on Wednesday.  

NCSC has made recommendations to Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare department

Vice-Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) L. Murugan on Wednesday said the State’s culture, which allowed separate graveyard for the Scheduled Castes, should be abolished.

He was talking to press persons after holding a review meeting at the Corporation regarding appointments, vacancies and grievances of SC workers at the local body.

Mr. Murugan said the Commission had made recommendations to the Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare department to ensure that the practice was discontinued after a series of reports in the media on discriminatory practice of allocating land for different castes to house their own graveyards and crematoriums.

“We have strictly told the State government that no allotment must be made towards the creation of these separate graveyards. A similar situation occurred in Karnataka two years ago but that was addressed after a government order was passed, curtailing the process. Such incidents do not happen anywhere in India,” he said.

The Vice-Chairman sought records of promotions, appointments and roasters of SC employees. The Corporation however, did not have possess records regarding the exact number of vacancies and promotions given to employees of the SC community.

Asked why quarterly grievance meetings with SC members were not conducted, he said zonal licence officers had been appointed to ensure that their problems were addressed. “A special drive to appoint workers and provide promotions has been arranged at the Corporation. Those workers with proper educational qualifications can also be promoted to the post of record clerk. I have said that Employees’ State Insurance and provident fund must compulsorily be ensured for staff under contract as well.”

Mr. Murugan said that they were also providing loans from cooperative banks and looking to allocate houses and provide health insurance under various schemes introduced by the Central government. “I got to understand some grievances after visiting some workers at Subramaniapuram. I will look to resolve them soon.”

Tenders for biometric scanners at SC hostels across the State had been floated to ensure improvement in the condition of the structures. “I have already mentioned on several occasions that SC hostels are in the worst shape. We have taken steps and told the administration to look into the matter,” he added.

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