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Indigenous/Tribal Issues, Violence

Atrocities against Dalits (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes – SC/STs) in India

Punjab enforces truce to end social boycott of Dalits Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Punjab/Dalit-boycott-ends-as-both-parties-reach-comprise/Article1-887236.aspx

ONGC aid of Rs 2.55 lakh for St Louis school The Pioneer

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/ranchi/80701-ongc-aid-of-rs-255-lakh-for-st-louis-school.html

Implement reservation policy for SC/ST in promotion: Paswan- IBN Live

http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/implement-reservation-policy-for-scst-in-promotion-paswan/1022779.html

 ‘SC/ST entrepreneurs on rise in Andhra’- The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/article3642463.ece 

Hindustan Times

Punjab enforces truce to end social boycott of Dalits

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Punjab/Dalit-boycott-ends-as-both-parties-reach-comprise/Article1-887236.aspx

The Punjab government on Wednesday hammered out a compromise in a village between upper caste landlords and Dalit labourers who endured a month-long social boycott and loss of work for demanding “just” wages. But the truce — on paper — at Maha Singh Wala village in southern Punjab’s Sangrur district, 142 km from Chandigarh, appeared unsteady to Dalits as well as the landlords who had enforced the social boycott in the first week of June.

The landlords had also declared at a kangaroo court that villagers maintaining ties with Dalits would be fined Rs. 5,000 each.

Trouble had erupted after Dalits demandedRs. 2,000 per acre as “justified wage” for sowing paddy. The landlords had said they would pay Rs. 1,500. Later, the landlords gave the sowing work to migrant labourers at higher wages than what Dalits had demanded.

“Police pressured a section of Dalits to reach a compromise,” said Dalit labourer Satnam Singh who did not find work in paddy sowing season along with fellow workers. “Officials acted to save their skin.”

Jai Singh, patron of Dalit Movement Against Servitude, said, “We have decided to protest on July 16 in front of the deputy commissioner’s office.” He said the case would be settled only after the landlords were punished.

A landlord who did not want to be named said they had “made up their minds” to continue giving work to migrants. Sub-divisional magistrate Subhash Chander, however, deemed the issue “settled”.

He said the administration had taken affidavits from both parties for settlement with due consent.

The Pioneer

ONGC aid of Rs 2.55 lakh for St Louis school 

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/ranchi/80701-ongc-aid-of-rs-255-lakh-for-st-louis-school.html

State-run energy major Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)—CBM (Coal Bed Methane) Development Project Bokaro, provided financial assistance of Rs 2.55 lakh to St Louis School, Balidih at Bokaro Steel City under its SC/ST component plan on Saturday.

Accordingly, school management has procured 15 personal computers and a computer centre which was inaugurated jointly by Arun Kumar Munda, Chief Engineer (Mechanical) and vice-chairman of All India SC and ST Employees Welfare Association (AISCSTEWA) and Ram Bahal Singh, chief engineer (E&T) and secretary of AISCSTEWA, ONGC Bokaro. Singh said ONGC always believe in holistic development and improving the lives of people around its operational areas. “ONGC is providing a separate fund (in addition to corporate social responsibility fund) called SC/ST component plan fund for the welfare of SC/ST communities. This fund is being utilised in the field of education, health and sanitation, entrepreneurship including others,” he added.

ONGC is involved in pilot and commercial production of Coal Bed Methane (CBM) gas from Parbatput (under Jharia CBM block) in Chandenkiry block and overall 10 locations in Gomia (under Bokaro CBM block) about 35 and 65 km from the district headquarter in Bokaro district. ONGC, CBM division Bokaro has continuously organised initiatives for the wellbeing of its communities around its area of operations at Parbatput.

Notably, commercial production of CBM began at Parbatpur plant on 9th May, 2010 and its production capacity is about 15,000 cubic metre per day from its five wells. Exploration official told that the approximate CBM resource of Jharkhand is 240 Billion Cubic Metres (BCM). The present programme is for production of CBM for 25 years.

IBN Live  – Implement reservation policy for SC/ST in promotion: Paswan

http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/implement-reservation-policy-for-scst-in-promotion-paswan/1022779.html

Patna, Jul 15 (PTI) LJP president Ramvilas Paswan today demanded that Nitish Kumar government immediately implement the reservation policy for SC and ST in Bihar in cases of promotion. Participating in a sit-in organised by SC/ST Employees Association at Gandhi Maidan here, he accused the Nitish Kumar government of being “anti-Dalit, anti-backward, anti-minority and anti-poor.” Alleging that the NDA government had scrapped the policy which was in operation in the state since Independence, he said LJP would launch a ‘fill-the-jail’ campaign on August 9 if the state government failed to implement it. He said he had already apprised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of the situation and said he would raise the issue in Parliament as well. Paswan said separate budgetary provisions be made for ST and SC under the Special Component Plan and Tribal sub-plan in proportion to their population in Bihar. 

The Hindu

‘SC/ST entrepreneurs on rise in Andhra’

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/article3642463.ece

The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes have progressed well as entrepreneurs if the statistics doled out at a workshop on ‘SC sub-plan and Tribal sub-plan’ are any indication.

The SC/ST entrepreneurs have increased phenomenally between 2004 and 2012. There were only 178 units owned by SCs in 2004; and 141 units by STs. The subsidies etc. were Rs. 4.11 crore for SCs and Rs.1.68 crore for STs in 2004. It, however, rose to Rs.103.40 crore for SCs and Rs.49.09 crore for STs between 2004 and 2012. The number of units set up by the SCs touched 1,464 and 811 units by the STs.

The Cabinet sub-committee elicited opinions and suggestions from people on SC/ST sub-plan here on Saturday. On the occasion, Major Industries Minister J. Geeta Reddy said the SCs and the STs were unable to reap the benefits of industrial policy. The government understood the lacunae and revised its industrial policy with a view to encouraging the SCs and STs to set up their units.

The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) was providing incentives to the SC/ST entrepreneurs as per the AP State Industrial Policy. As per the industrial policy, 16.2 per cent of the total plots to the SCs, and six per cent to the STs should be allotted in all the new industrial parks and preferential allotments should be considered for them in the existing industrial parks.The Minister also said a subsidy of 33.3 per cent in land cost, subject to a maximum of Rs.10 lakh should be extended to the SC, ST entrepreneurs, she said.

Primary Education Minister S. Sailajanath also spoke . Deputy Chief Minister Damodara Rajanarasimha, Rural Development Minister Dokka Manikya Varaprasad, and Secondary Education Minister K. Parthasarathy were among those present.

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Intercultural Resources is a forum for research and political intervention on issues related to the impacts and alternatives to destructive development. Our effort draws upon the social, cultural, material and intellectual resources that have been generated in the course of dialogues between people of different cultures on questions of social justice, development and self-rule. We are of the view that dialogue can sustain plurality and open possibilities for recovery of the ground lost on account of inter-cultural alienation, which is manifest in a variety of forms of violence that we encounter everyday at different levels of social life. Intercultural Resources is based in Delhi, India. Email: ihpindia@gmail.com

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