High atrocities against SC/STs in 100% literate Kerala

Kochi: Despite achieving 100 per cent literacy rate, there were atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Kerala, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Mukul Wasnik said today.

"About 35,000 cases of atrocities against SCs and STs were registered in the country till 2007 under SC and ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. Kerala is on 14th spot. There is a need to find out why such atrocities are being committed against the community in a state which has 100 per cent literacy," he said.

Wasnik was speaking at a state-level launch of 'Panchami Swayam Sahaya Sangham' (Self Help Initiative) of Kerala Pulayar Maha Sabha (KPMS) here.

He said the UPA government at the Centre was implementing several projects for the uplift of SCs and STs and a continuous dialogue was on with the private sector to ensure equal opportunities for them.

The minister said a coordination committee under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister's Principal Secretary has been constituted to continue the process.

Union Minister of state for Agriculture Prof K V Thomas, Kerala Forest Minister Binoy Viswom and KPMS General Secretary P Sreekumar attended the launch.