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Dalits paid huge compensation

By Our Staff Correspondent

HASSAN, JAN. 18. The State Government has paid Rs. 4 crore as compensation to the Dalits humiliated in the name of caste in the past four years and action has been taken against those who ill-treated them, the Minister of Social Welfare, A. Krishnappa said here on Sunday.

Participating in the inauguration of development works in Arsikere taluk, he said the Government took a bold decision in filling up backlog vacancies reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Steps had been taken to fill nearly 17,600 vacancies.

He said Rs. 150 crore had been spent on building hostels for backward class students. The formation of Stree Shakti Self-Help Groups was one of the major achievements of the Congress Government, he added.

The Minister for Revenue and district in-charge, H.C. Srikantaiah, said after inaugurating the mini Vidhana Soudha that the Government had invested Rs. 2,800 crore in the power sector to ease power shortage.

Accusing the Union Government of discriminating against the State in releasing foodgrains and financial assistance from the Calamity Relief Fund to tackle drought, he said the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance Government had sanctioned Karnataka not even half the relief extended to Andhra Pradesh.

The State Government, however, had tackled drought by taking up relief works in the affected areas.

Silt was removed from the lakes in villages and roads were laid in rural Karnataka with the very little support it from the Centre. G.V. Siddappa and B. Shivaram, MLAs, participated. The Deputy Commissioner, M. Maheshwara Rao, was present.

The building of J.C. Hospital, the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee Yard, and the houses for labourers in the yard were also inaugurated on the occasion.

Though the Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Kagodu Thimmappa, the Minister for Agriculture Marketing, B.S. Patil Sasnur, the Minister for Housing, Sageer Ahmed, and the Minister of State for Municipal Administration, Kumar Bangarappa, were expected on the occasion, they could not attend the function owing to some preoccupations.

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