Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday called upon the Dalits to unite and strengthen their position in the society.
Speaking at Darbhanga during his two-day inspection visit, Manjhi said, "We all Dalits belong to one family. We should not differentiate between one another. If Dalits, Mahadalits, backwards, extremely backwards and Pasmanda Muslims unite, it will strengthen their position in the society.
Pasmanda Muslims are backward Muslims.
Speaking while having lunch at the house of a Mahadalit at Rampatti Tola under Thalwara Panchayat in Hanuman Nagar block of Darbhanga, Manjhi asked people present there to quit drinking so that their families could develop.
"My father used to drink and beat up my mother. As a result, I had to go without food at times. I requested him to quit drinking if he wanted that my brother and I would not work as labourers. He did that. I became CM and my brother became a police officer," Manjhi was quoted as saying in an official release in Patna.
The Chief Minister announced that Rampatti will be developed as a model village with all basic amenities. He also ordered removal of encroachment of SC hostel in the area.
Conducting his inspection tour of Darbhanga division, Manjhi ordered renovation of Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital and arrange for proper hygiene and treatment facilities there.
He also asked the officials to build Sadar Hospitals in Darbhanga and Samastipur, the release said.
Several persons complained to Manjhi that they have not been given BPL cards at which he directed officials to include all eligible families. He said a survey would be conducted for including all left out families in the BPL list.
He also announced that there will be toilets in each house by 2019, the release said.
Ministers Shahid Ali Khan, Baidyanath Sahni and Ranju Geeta, several MLAs, and high officials accompanied the chief minister.