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Awareness committee for Bhovi community soon: MLA

By Our Staff Correspondent

CHITRADURGA, NOV. 21. G. Basavannappa, former Minister and Holehonnur MLA, has said that an awareness committee would be setup to respond to the problems of the backward Bhovi community in the State.

Low literacy rate

Presiding over the first State-level Bhovi awareness camp here on Saturday, he said, "The Bhovi community is very backward because of illiteracy, alcoholism and superstitions. Though the over all literacy rate of the Scheduled Castes is 26 per cent, the literacy rate of the community with a population of 50 lakhs is only 2 per cent."

Mr. Basavannappa said that establishing a math under the tutelage of Sharana Basava Swamiji of Bagalkot and Immadi Siddarameswara Swamiji of Murugha Math was under consideration. Inaugurating the convention, the Heggadadevana Kote MLA, M.P. Venkatesh, said that though a few officers belonging to the community had made a mark in the administration, there were impediments in the community for want of able leadership and finance. R. Seshanna Kumar, chairman of All India Bhovi Action Committee, said that the camp was organised with an aim to strengthen the community and create awareness among the youth.

Narayanaswamy, former MLA of Bethamangala, said that it was important for the community to identify with the mainstream society by utilising constitutional facilities provided in education, politics, and employment.

Resolutions

The convention passed eight resolutions conducive to the development of the community. It also resolved to demand preference for the community in issuing permits for quarrying and sand extraction by the Department of Mines and Geology.

D. Basavaraj, president of Davanagere City Municipal Council, Sri Sharana Basava Swamiji, and Immadi Siddarama Swamiji, participated.

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