Dalits Media watch – English News Updates 25.11.16

  • Demonetisation: Dalits hit in Agra, struggle to feed families
  • There can be no Equality without Reservations – Ravi Shankar Prasad
  • 190 manual scavengers to get skill training as part of rehabilitation
  • Cabinet approves setting up of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in 62 uncovered districts of the country


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Demonetisation: Dalits hit in Agra, struggle to feed families


Dalits in Agra are struggling as constructions sites have stopped work and the factories have asked workers to stay home till cash crisis is over.

 Agra, November 24, 2016 | UPDATED 18:19 IST


  • Most of the Dalits work as labourers at construction sites.
  • Dalits complained that it is getting difficult for them to feed families.
  • The women held a protest also at the residence of the Agra District Magistrate.

Ever since the demonetisation was announced on November 8, housewives, especially those of belonging to Dalit households are facing serious trouble managing their households.

Most of these women who as labourers at construction sites, footwear or brush factories are suffering as many construction sites have stopped work and the factories have asked most of their auxillary workers to stay home, till the present cash crisis is resolved.


With their husbands also out of work due to the inability of the factories to pay, manging daily household affairs has become a struggle.

Sheela Devi, a Dalit housewife from the Nagla Chhaua area of Agra told India Today that nearly all women in the area are either sitting at home without any work or are lining up at the banks to convert their old currency notes. Devi added that it is becoming hard to even eat two meals a day, in absence of any employment and there is no money to pay the installment of the housing loan that she had taken to build her house.


A large group of these women organised a brief sit-in at the residence of the Agra District Magistrate Gaurav Dayal, so that he ehars their plea. When the DM failed to offer them any reassurance, these women blocked the Mahatma Gandhi Road, causing a two-hour long jam.

Bhagwati Devi told India Today that she stitched shoe covers along with her three daughters to run their family, but after the shoe factories closed, the daily and weekly payments from the factories have stopped and meeting the basic necessities has become very difficult. The lenders are demanding payment of loan installments but when there was nothing at home to even buy a few kilograms of flour, how could she pay the lenders? She added that she was being threatened by the lenders that they will send her to jail if she didn’t pay the installment but she had nothing to give them except try to mortgage her house, but even that was finding no takers in these difficult times.

Baby, a resident of Billochpura, Tajganj said that her husband Mohd. Zakir works in box-making factory but it has been locked since November 9 and all the groceries and other necessary stuff at their home has finished. She said in such a situation, should she poison her family to support demonetisation?

Rajkumari of Sevla said that she sells embroidered handkerchiefs with her husband at the Taj Mahal and other historical monuments to sustain their livelihood, but since the currency demonetisation, the number of tourists coming to Agra is very less and even those tourists were not buying the handkerchiefs. She Rajkumari said that she has three young daughters and a son and in the absence of any work, there was no way to continue feeding them till PM Modi’s deadline ended on December 30.

Her husband Suraj Singh said that had PM Narendra Modi cared for such families, he would not have push them into such a mess. He said that dozens of people have died in the past 14-15 days, but the PM hasn’t even expressed his condolences to those people.

Courtesy: India today-

Siraj Qureshi  | Posted by Samiya Latief



 There can be no Equality without Reservations – Ravi Shankar Prasad

Law and Justice minister said that reservations to Dalits and backward communities was essential to ensuring equality of opportunity in government jobs.

Delivering a talk on the concepts of freedom and equality in the Indian constitution, Prasad said it was wrong to think that reservations — based on caste and community — was against the concept of equality as guaranteed by the Indian constitution.

“The Indian constitution says there shall be no discrimination in employment,” Prasad said. “But can you directly compare the son of a rich father, who has had all the resources at his disposal while growing up, to someone who has grown up in scarcity? Both have potential (even if their marks are different),” he said.

Prasad’s point comes in response to many online petitions and efforts by well-off segments in the country alleging that they are not able to get enough representation in educational institutions and government jobs because of reservations.

“Even Dr BR Ambedkar was able to go abroad to do his studies because he got a scholarship from Maharaja of Baroda,” he added.

It is estimated that nearly half of the Indian population get ‘backward community’ reservations, while the 20% Dalit population get reservations set apart for them. Around 30-35% of the population do not get any reservation, and have to compete in the general category.

While the Dalits get around 20-22% reservation, OBCs or other backward communities get around 27%.

This leaves only around 50% of the seats under open competition, and the 35% of the population without reservation benefits have to compete for these seats.

Though the proportion of ‘general category’ candidates are considered to be substantial in educational institutions and government jobs, many believe that providing reservations to the ‘backwards’ and Dalits is a denial of their ‘merit’.

The BJP, to which Prasad belongs, has traditionally enjoyed higher level of support among ‘upper caste’ Hindus. However, with the emergence of an OBC prime minister in the shape of Narendra Modi, the party has been able to broaden its appeal among the masses.

 Courtesy: RTN Asia 2016-11-24 S Nambrath



 190 manual scavengers to get skill training as part of rehabilitation


TRICHY: Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Housing and Development Corporation Limited (TAHDCO), has come to the rescue of 190 manual scavengers identified across nine municipalities and two corporations in the region, who will be rehabilitated and trained to take on alternative jobs or become self-employed.

TAHDCO will help those wishing to start a small business avail a bank loan.

J Kulanji, 38, says that he was forced into manual scavenging even though he despised it. “It was my dream to run a grocery shop for a long time and I am glad that the government has given me this opportunity so that I don’t have depend on conservancy work,” he said.


Kulanji is one of the 84 former manual scavengers from Trichy city who turned up along with their families for a meeting called by TAHDCO on Thursday. “The idea is to provide an ecosystem where the next generation of those engaged in manual scavenging is not forced to take on the profession of their ancestors,” said managing director of TAHDCO, Kumar Jayanth.

Now that manual scavenging has become illegal, the government is focusing on the rehabilitation of scavengers, he said. A total of Rs45crore has been allocated for the rehabilitation of 360 manual scavengers identified in the state.

Rajendran (name changed), a 60-year-old conservancy worker from Trichy recollects his nightmare experiences as a scavenger in 2004. Once, he had been bitten by an insect while trying to remove a sewage block after entering a manhole. The incident left the only bread winner in the family bed ridden for months. He does not want his son Saravanan to follow in his footsteps. Praising the government’s effort to help manual scavengers, Rajendran said “Let this suffering end with me as I am educating my children. I don’t want them to enter this profession”.

Out of the total 190 manual scavengers identified in the region, 84 are from Trichy city, 36 from Jeyamkondam and 19 from Thanjavur, said joint director municipal administration Z Mahabooba. “We are gathering details of former manual scavengers, including their educational qualification and skill sets. This would help us channelize them towards the work they are capable of doing,” he said.

However, manual scavenging is far from eradicated in the state. “Earlier, we used to remove human excreta from dirty toilets and now we are removing it from the roadside. Unless conservancy work is completely mechanized, the situation will remain the same,” said Arivazhagan, 35, a manual scavenger.

 Courtesy: The Times Of India-

K Sambath Kumar | TNN | Updated: Nov 25, 2016, 12.26 PM IST



 Cabinet approves setting up of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in 62 uncovered districts of the country


Capital Market  November 24, 2016 Last Updated at 15:17 IST

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved opening of one Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) in each of the 62 uncovered districts with an outlay of Rs.2,871 crore.

The expenditure for this purpose during the 12th Plan will be Rs.109.53 crore with a spill over amount of Rs.2,761.56 crore from 2017-18 to 2024-25. These JNVs will provide good quality modern education to the talented children prominently from rural areas. It is expected that nearly 35,000 students will be benefitted from these JNVs.

A full fledged Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya provide employment to 47 persons and accordingly 62 JNVs will provide direct permanent employment to 2914 individuals.

As JNVs are residential and co-educational in nature, it is compulsory for all the staff and students to reside in the Vidyalaya campus. Due to its residential nature, each JNV will generate opportunities to the local vendors for supply of essential commodities such as food, consumables, furniture, teaching material etc. It will also create large opportunity for local service providers such as barber, tailor cobbler, manpower for housekeeping and security services etc.


As on date, there are 598 sanctioned JNVs in 576 districts spread across 35 States / Union Territories. Out of these, 591 are functional. Each JNV has classes from VI to XII with a sanctioned strength of 80 students per class and total strength of 560 students. Admissions to JNVs in class VI are done through an entrance examination. At least 75% of the seats in a district are filled by candidates selected from rural areas of the district.

Further, reservation of seats in favour of children belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is provided in proportion to their population in the concerned district subject to the condition that in no district such reservation is less than the national reservation percentage (15% for SC and 7.5% for ST). One third of the total seats are reserved for girls.

Courtesy: The Business Standard-



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