NGOs slam Dalit 'bias' in relief distribution
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- Published 22.09.10
|Speakers at the meet. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh|
Patna, Sept. 21: A five-member team of NGOs Dalit Watch, and Bachpan Bachao Andolan visited the flood-affected areas in Gopalganj district.
Addressing a press meet in the city today, Dalit Watch said the situation of Dalits in flood-hit areas is very grim. Even during relief distribution, the Dalits are facing discrimination, claimed the NGO. “Relief and rehabilitation process in the wake of flood is also caste-based. Dalits are being neglected in the region. Their population has been affected the most compared to others,” said, Sudha Varghese, Dalit Watch convener.
“A large number of Dalits are moving out of the district due to unavailability of food and shelters. In the name of relief camp, which is set up in schools and panchayat bhavan, only two meals a day are served and that too is mostly kichdi. The food is not enough to survive. The worst part is horrible, veterinary doctors are giving treatment to Dalits in health camps,” said Verghese.
Bachpan Bachao Andolan state convenor Mukhtarul Haque said: “State government’s preparation to face flood situation was not adequate. There was no proper planning. Situation of children is unbearable. Pregnant women are not getting proper treatment. A child was born in Rupanchap relief camp without any medical assistance. This is height of negligence and ignorance towards Dalits community.”