Poverty stamp ‘Mera parivar gareeb hai’ on tribal homes taken down
HT had reported on December 16 that a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) brought to light an incident in Vinega village, under Chandanpura panchayat, in which local administration had branded Saharia tribals poor by writing on the walls of their homesbhopal Updated: Dec 22, 2017 22:09 IST
The stamp of poverty marked on the walls of tribals homes in Shivpuri, more than 300 kilometers north of Bhopal, that read “Mera parivar gareeb hai (My family is poor)” was removed by the district administration on Monday, said the official sources on Wednesday.
HT had reported on December 16 that a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) brought to light an incident in Vinega village, under Chandanpura panchayat, in which local administration had branded Saharia tribals poor by writing on the walls of their homes.
A team of persons led by panchayat secretary Deepak Sharma reached Vinega village on Monday night and plastered white paint over the message which was written about two months back to identify the villagers below poverty line.
Abhay Jain, a law student studying in National Law University, Orissa lodged a complaint to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Delhi in November third week to brought to its notice the “dehumanising act of the government” and stating that it was extremely humiliating for the BPL villagers and also in violation of their right to live with dignity.
The district collector Tarun Rathi had denied that there was any instruction to any of the government employee to write the message anywhere and said he would institute an inquiry to find out who had done this.
Talking to the Hindustan Times at Vinega village on Wednesday Rakesh Adivasi told the Hindustan Times that about a dozen people came on Monday night accompanying the panchayat secretary Deepak Sharma. The latter told the villagers that a new transformer for better electricity supply to the village and a new hand pump for a drinking water facility at the village would be installed soon. After this assurance those accompanying him went door to door and removed the message.
Sunita Adivasi said they had protested when people were writing the message but they didn’t listen to us. “Likhne se kya hoga jab ration hi na mile. Hame ration chahiye jo kabhi milta hai kabhi nahi. Sarkar ko ration dena chahiye (What is use of writing the message if we don’t get ration. We need ration which we don’t get regularly. The government should ensure this)”, she added.
Talking to the Hindustan Times Panchayat secretary Deepak Sharma said the message was written on about 70-80 houses at Chandanpura and Vinega villages under Chandanpura panchayat. This was removed from all the houses. However, such message was written in other villages too but only Vinega was highlighted. The villagers were getting their ration regularly.
District collector Tarun Rathi said it was yet to be known as to who wrote this message. However, since it was brought to his notice he got the message removed.