Awareness drive on SC & ST Sub-Plan

Leaders call for framing of rules to add teeth to the act

The State-wide campaign by Dalit Sthree Sakthi to create awareness on implementation of SC & ST Sub-Plan rolled into the town on Monday.

State convener Jhansi Geddam said that the campaign by DSS volunteers in two vehicles began in Visakhapatnam on November 18 covering various districts on the way .

It would move on into Telangana districts before concluding at Hyderabad. The DSS has been in the thick of Dalit emancipation movement raising its voice and helping the victims to stand on their feet during atrocities against Dalit women.

A district conference on “Empowerment of Dalit Women, girls and children,’’ held here on Monday became a rallying point for the members to voice their concern over lack of effective law mechanisms to prevent atrocities against SC & ST people, more so the women folk living in distant hamlets.

National campaign leader B. Anand Kumar bemoaned the absence of rules meant for effective implementation of SC & ST Sub-plan and urged the State Government to immediately frame rules.

He urged the respective district administration set up to identify issues in the region and sent recommendations to the Government.

Stating that Andhra Pradesh was the first State to enact a SC & ST Sub-plan in the country, Mr. Anand Kumar warned that time might be running out since other states were keen on replicating the model and implement them. Karnataka was one of the states keen on bringing the Act into effect as soon as possible, he said.

Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Parishad, D. Satyanarayana called upon the women to raise their awareness on various acts protecting the SC & ST communities from exploitation. Education has been the biggest agent of change in the community and without education, the acts and provisions relating to SC/ST communities would have no relevance.

Even before the SC & ST Act has come into force, the State Government has been allocating 15 per cent of funds to the benefit of SC, 6 per cent to ST and 15 per cent to women, he said.

He called upon the members to bring instances of misappropriation of funds to his notice.

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