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Smart cards recommended for SC/ST families

Staff Correspondent


‘Set up post-matric hostels in all taluk headquarters’

Establishing police stations in all municipal and town panchayat limits suggested


Raichur: Chairman of the Karnataka State Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Nehru C. Olekar said that the commission has submitted a proposal to the State Government recommending it to issue smart cards to SC/ST families so that they can avail themselves of benefits under various development schemes.

Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, Mr. Olekar said that the Government had implemented several schemes for the welfare of people belonging to SC/ST communities. But the benefits of such schemes had not reached the targeted people, except for a few influential ones. Such anomalies could be eliminated by issuing smart cards.

Mr. Olekar said that the commission, in its interim report submitted to the Government in December last, urged the Government to reserve 27 per cent of the State budget to improve basic facilities for SC/ST families and extend financial assistance to the poor among these sections.

Urged

He said that the commission had urged the Government to take action to simplify the procedure while extending financial assistance from nationalised banks. It also requested that post-matric hostels be established in all taluk headquarters in the State to encourage SC/ST students to pursue studies after completing SSLC. It also suggested that the Government set up police stations in all municipal and town panchayat limits to check atrocities on people belonging to these sections.

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