Member of Dalit Dasta Virodhi Andolan from Punjab presented condition of dalit labours and life sketch of Baba Saheb Dr Ambedkar through theatre and music.
Under the banner of National Coalition on SCP-TSP Legislation (NACSTL) as part of the campaign for Dalit and Adivasi Economic Rights, a week-long protest has been launched from 5th December, demanding SCP TSP Legislation. The coalition comprises of more than 300 Dalit and Adivasi organizations from across country.
SCP and TSP were instituted in the year 1978-79, these are the two plans which form an integral part of the SC/STs and Tribal welfare fund, where the government had decided that out of every 100 rupees spent by the government, Rs.16/- will be spent for Dalits and Rs.8/- spent for Adivasis every year and that the funds would be used for such schemes that will directly benefit SC/ST individuals/households or SC/ST bastis/tolas/localities.
The government has instead, very conveniently, diverted a large share of this money to general schemes, hardly benefitting Dalits and Adivasis. One of the recent examples being diversion and misappropriation of funds, which happened during the commonwealth games, where a large sum of money was spent on building the stadia and other such infrastructure, thus weaning the rights of the SC/ST's and Dalits. This act on government's part is utterly shameful. It demeans the importance of govt. budgetary planning and sense of justice.