Dalit Hostels, centre for excellence ?

19Nov07

The empathy is indeed overwhelming, but it remains to be seen how many legislators actually spend a night in an SC/ST welfare hostel and experience for themselves the pathetic conditions the students are subjected to.

Moved by the description of the poor conditions in these hostels, Speaker K R Suresh Reddy on Friday urged the MLAs to spend a night in the hostels and offered to do so first himself.

The matter came up when the House was discussing the issue of creation of a nodal agency to keep a watch on the spendings for these deprived sections of society.

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) deputy leader T Devender Goud then highlighted the “sub-human conditions” in which the SC and ST boys were living. “Money has not been allocated to commensurate with the requirement. And even the meagre funds granted are not being spent properly. The food is inadequate. The environment is unhygienic and the students are forced to sleep in gunny bags,” he said.

This shows the lack of respect on the part of the government for children of poorer sections, Goud charged. Intervening, the Speaker said all members should spend a night in the hostels of their constituencies every two months.

Goud welcomed the statement and requested the Speaker to begin the drive from his own constituency. As the reply, Suresh Reddy announced that he would spend a night in a hostel on Saturday without informing any of the officials concerned. It remains to be seen as to how many will follow suit.

Source: TOI



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