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Manmohan Singh says dalits, tribals and minorities are still victims of disparity

December 29, 2011 - New Delhi

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Thursday said the dalits, tribals and minorities have become the victims of disparity in many parts of the country regardless of the large measures being taken by the government.

Dr. Singh, who inaugurated the International Conference to discuss the issues and problems of the dalits and minorities here today, said: "Our constitution provides safety to our citizens from any kind of disparity. But still it's also true that in spite of legal safety and government help, in many parts of our country, dalits, tribals and minorities are being victims of disparity."

The Prime Minister said the government has introduced plans for the upliftment of minorities following the recommendations of the Sachar Committee.

"I have heard people saying that the government has not yet implemented the recommendations of Sachar Committee; I would like to tell you today that this is not true," said Dr. Singh.

"Following the recommendations of Sachar Committee, we have introduced many plans and because of these plans, there have been changes in the situation, but I feel that we need to take some more speedy steps," he added.

Dr. Singh illustrated that to empower the Scheduled Castes, the government has introduced Forest Right Law, under which the tribal communities have their rights over the forest land.

"To empower the scheduled castes, our government has introduced forest rights law. With the help of this law, the tribals have the right to own the land and we want that this law should be strictly implemented," he noted.

Emphasising that weaker sections and minorities should be imparted good education, Dr. Singh said: "Education is the best way to empower every citizen of this country and help them get their rights. So, our government has stressed on the point that weaker sections and minorities should be imparted good education."

A large number of foreign delegates were also present at the conference, which was hosted by Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan, who is also the chairman of the Dalit and Minorities International Forum.

Noted film director Mahesh Bhatt was also present at the function.

This conference is organized once in two years.


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