SCs,STs let down by ministers
Express News Service
First Published : 29 Mar 2010 05:58:00 AM ISTLast Updated :
VISAKHAPATNAM: In what can be termed as apparent lack of concern for
the Dalits, the Union Minister of State for HRD, D Purandareswari,
failed to turn up at a seminar on the rights of SC/ST employees here.
As per schedule, the Union Minister was supposed to attend the seminar
on rights, previliges and responsibilities of the SC/ STs employees in
the defence sector. The organisers had issued invitations to the press
and other dignitaries only after confirming Purandeswari's
But today, when the invitees came to the venue in time at 3 pm, the
Union Minister was nowhere to be seen. After waiting for more than one
hour, when the minister did not turn up nor was there any information,
national secretary of SC and ST Employees Federation M Narasinga Rao
called her at Hyderabad only to be told that she was too busy to come
to the seminar.
As it turned out, some other high profile delegates, who had assured
the organisers of coming to the seminar, also failed to come.
Ironically, Minister for Tribal Rights Pasupuleti Balaraju was also
one of them.
However, the seminar started with national general secretary of the
federation, MK Ukey stating that the absence of the ministers amply
demonstrated the indifference of the governments towards the issues of
the SC/ ST's of late.
Accusing the Union Government of its negligence in filling up backlog
posts in the defence and other sectors, he said the onus was on the
Union Government to prove its credentials of being a government of the
Speaking on the occasion, Narsinga Rao said lack of reservations for
SCs and STs in the private sectors meant that there were less
opportunities for the unemployed youths of SC/ST.
He also alleged that the tribals in the country were at the receiving
end of the unfavourable decisions of the Union government and added
that the absence of Minister Balaraju showed the state government's
lack of interest in looking after the welfare of the tribals.
MLAs Tynala Vijay Kumar, Siveri Soma and G Baburao and SC and ST
employees in defence sector were present.
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