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Atrocities against Dalits to be brought down, West Bengal recorded only 40 such cases, appreciates Union Minister of State Athawale

Atrocities against Dalits to be brought down, West Bengal recorded only 40 such cases, appreciates Union Minister of State Athawale

India Blooms News Service | | 25 Apr 2017, 08:30 pm
Kolkata, Apr 25 (IBNS): The Central Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi working to empower SC, ST and OBCs are trying to minimize the cases of atrocities against Dalits.

So far 45 thousand or more cases of such atrocities have been registered all over India. But the situation in West Bengal is much brighter in this regard, said Ramdas Athawale, the Union Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, as only 40 cases have been recorded in this state.

Addressing a press conference in Kolkata this evening, Shri Athawale said the Union Government is trying for the last 3-years for the upliftment of SC, ST and OBCs and 6.48 lakh students belonging to SC community  and 72 lakh OBC students in West Bengal have been given financial assistance under various central schemes.

The government, he added is keen to do away with the menial occupation of manual scavenging at any cost from the country and so special skill training is being imparted to the children of this community to enable them to take-up some other profession in future.

Commending the state in this regard too, the minister said only 98 persons are reported to be still engaged in this profession in West Bengal which is very low by any counts.

In this connection Athawale also appreciated the rising trend of inter-caste marriage in West Bengal as it helps in bringing down casteism and social hatred.