Panaji: A trust headed by a Goa cabinet minister has been issued a notice by the state Human Right`s Commission for funding a poetry book, in which a poem has been called derogatory to Goa`s tribal community.
The notice issued Friday directs office bearers of the Madhavrao Dhavalikar Trust and the publisher of the book, `Kerichya Devrambha`, and the book`s anthologist to explain why the poem was published.
The notices have been issued after United Tribal Association Alliance (UTAA) president Prakash Velip complained that the poem `Gawandi` was defamatory and derogatory for Goa`s tribals.
Goa Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar heads the trust.
The respondents have been asked to respond to the notice by June 27.