Action Plan for welfare of Mahadalits in Bihar

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 20:22

Patna: The NDA government in Bihar has
chalked out an ambitious action plan under the `Bihar
Mahadalit Vikash Mission` for the uplift of mahadalits, the
poorest of dalits, in the state.

"An ambitious action plan has been chalked out under
the mission for over five million people identified as
mahadalits in Bihar," Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said making
a suo motu statement in both houses of the state legislature.

The state Mahadalit Commission has identified 20 out
of the 22 scheduled castes as mahadalits.

The Bihar Mahadalit Vikas Mission is registered under
the Society Registration Act, 1860 for implementation of
welfare schemes for the uplift of mahadalits in keeping with
the reports of the state Mahadalit Commission.

The state government had decided to provide 3 decimal
land to each landless mahadalit family for construction of
houses under the Mahadalit Development Scheme.

The total number of landless mahadalit families was
around 1,06,00, the Chief Minister said.

A special `Mahadalit Sauchalaya Nirman Yojana` has
been launched under which each mahadalit family would receive
Rs 300 from the Bihar Mahadalit Vikash Mission for
construction of toilets.

The state government has released Rs seven crore to
the mission for construction of toilets in `tolas` of
mahadalits, Kumar said.

The government has decided to consider "contractual"
appointments of dependents by relaxing the eligibility to STD
VIII of serving mahadalits in the event of their death in

Eligible dependents would be asked to attain literacy
within a period of two years of the death of their spouse for
securing the jobs on contract.

Stating that Mahadalit Commission has submitted two
interim reports on the measures be taken up, Kumar said the
Mahadalit Awas Bhoomi Yojana was being implemented to provide
housing and other measures for socio-economic and political
empowerment of mahadalits.

Community centres would be set up at villages or
tolas where the mahadalit population was around 500 or more
under the community building-cum-workshed construction scheme.

Besides, the state government has sanctioned appointment
of about 10,000 Vikas Mitras (development volunteers) from
mahadalit families, one in each panchayat having a population
of 1,000 and one in each ward in urban areas.

Under the CM`s Uniform Scheme, the state government
would give Rs 500 to each mahadalit student from class one to
five studying in the state-run schools, he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 20:22

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