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20 felicitated on Pourakarmika Day for their distinguished service
All pourakarmikas to be given Rs. 10,000 on retirement
BANGALORE: The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Thursday announced that 4,000 new pourakarmikas would be employed by the civic body.
The announcement was made by outgoing Mayor S.K. Nataraj during the 120th birth anniversary celebrations of B.R. Ambedkar, observed as Pourakarmika Day by the BBMP.
On the occasion, 20 pourakarmikas were felicitated for their distinguished service. The palike said all pourakarmikas would be given Rs. 10,000 on their retirement in recognition of their service.
The BBMP has already given a bonus of Rs. 5,000 to all 4,000 pourakarmikas in advance to mark Pourakarmika Day.
At a function organised by the Bangalore University to mark the day, trouble erupted on the Jnana Bharathi campus after some 200 postgraduate students tried to gatecrash into the venue saying the university had not invited Dalit leaders and students.
They shouted slogans against Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev.
The police tried to stop them from entering the venue, which ended in a fracas.
Caught between the police and students, a media person suffered minor injuries.
Spoorthidhama, a trust working for the uplift of downtrodden, organised an Ambedkar Habba, which included a discourse by Buddhist monks, an Ambedkar memorial lecture on ‘The crisis of Ambedkarites: the challenge ahead', and a presentation of Bodhivriksha and Bodhivardhana awards.
The celebrations concluded with light music concert.
To mark the day, the Kannada Chalavali Vatal Paksha took out a procession seeking stringent laws to curb corruption during elections. Party president Vatal Nagaraj said the elections should be free of those with criminal background, caste consideration and luring of voters with money.
An awareness yatra was organised by the Karnataka Dalit Sangharsh Samiti-Ambedkar Vaada faction.
The Karnataka Rajya Dalit Sangharsh Samithi organised a seminar, ‘Who else is responsible for Dalits' plight other than the Government?'
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