An instance of untouchablility in Channagiri taluk

Serving arrack in separate glasses for people from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes still exists. In this instance, Davanagere district. This has come to light in 10 villages of Channagiri taluk.

A meeting presided over by Deputy Commissioner K Shivaramu and attended by Superintendent of Police Narayana Nadumani heard grievances in this connection by members belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Mr Shivaramu and Mr Nadumani assured members that they will take stringent action against those who indulged in ''untouchability`` in the district.

The members also aired other problems: rape of Dalit women, government schemes not reaching beneficiaries and banks not giving loans. The deputy commissioner instructed officials concerned to take action in these respects.

A section of the members hailing from Jagalur taluk complained that unauthorised arrack sales were on in the taluk. To this, Mr Shivaramu assured that he would take necessary action to curb the menace.

Members from Harapanahalli said they had to pay more than the prescribed amount to secure caste certificates. To this, Mr Shivaramu said he would address the problem at the earliest.

Many members from Harihar said genuine beneficiaries were sidelined in the allotment of Ashraya houses. The DC said in this regard four acres of land had been earmarked in Harihar taluk to construct 160 houses exclusively for members belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes under the Ambedkar scheme.

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