Punjab Congress will launch agitation in every assembly constituency for protection of Dalits’ rights.
This was announced by Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Charanjit Singh Channi, who along with a delegation of Congress MPs and MLAs, submitted a memorandum to Punjab governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, pointing out the alleged discrimination being meted out to the Dalits at every level in the Akali Dal-BJP regime.
“Even as the Dalits constitute about 35% of the population in the state, their condition has become miserable and they are denied benefits of various central and state government schemes meant exclusively for them. A dignified life which is their basic right is persistently being disregarded because of sordid misdoings and bad intentions of the present regime,” Channi said in a statement. He said the funds allocated under special component plan must be released without any delay. Channi said of the total share of 29% in the funds, only 14.92% was being spent for welfare of the scheduled castes.
The memorandum listed recent cases of atrocities against Dalits such as killing of 27-year-old Bhim Tank at the farm house of Abohar’s Akali Shiv Lal Doda, who is still at large.
The delegation included Rajya Sabha MP Ambika Soni, who is also chairperson of party campaign committee, Lok Sabha MP Santokh Singh and about two-dozen MLAs. Amarpreet Singh Lally, president Punjab Youth Congress, was also part of the delegation.