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 harness.

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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