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Selja for more Dalit representation

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Karnal, October 10, 2013
First Published: 19:21 IST(10/10/2013) | Last Updated: 19:24 IST(10/10/2013)

Union social justice and empowerment minister Kumari Selija said that there was a dire need for more Dalit representation in pan India scenario.

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Selija, who was in Karnal to attend a private function on Wednesday, said that presence of Dalit leaders would help the oppressed class in raising voices.

Selja, a Dalit leader, said that the Centre was committed to implement the newly-passed legislation prohibiting employment as manual scavengers.

"Though all states have submitted affidavits in the Supreme Court that the malpractice ceases to exist in their respective states, the fact is that it is in practice," she told reporters.

Under the new law, there is a provision to initiate strict action against those who have insanitary latrines at their houses and even the officials concerned are liable to act for violations, she said.

Known as a strong critic of state chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Selja said that it was unfair to tag justified demands raised by the elected representatives as groupism.

"There is nothing wrong when a legislator or a parliamentarian raises voice for more development in the segment represented by them. There is nothing like groupism in the Congress and the party will emerge in a stronger position in Haryana and other states," she said.


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