‘Literacy, can bring minorities to mainstream’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Nov 2017 10:56:25


Staff Reporter,


CALLING on the members of SC, ST, OBC and Minorities, former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan said that literacy and awareness could make them strong representative in present society. Besides this they should also know about their constitutional rights and its benefits.
Expressing his view at function to mark the celebration of ‘Constitution Day’ organized by SC, ST, OBC and Minorities Sanyukt Morcha Chhattisgarh at Rang Mandir (Gandhi Bhawan), former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan said that these group of societies face structural discrimination within the country. Unlike the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes are a product of marginalization based on ethnicity. In country, the Scheduled Tribes population is considered to be socially and economically disadvantaged.

‘The percentage of SC, ST, OBC and minorities vary from state to state and they are less educated, financially not strong, lack awareness about constitution and less representation on social plate forms’.

All these aspects constitute a large proportion of agricultural labourers, casual labourers and industrial labourers. Leading them into poverty, low levels of education, poor health and reduced access to healthcare services, said Balakrishnan. He called on the educated people of these societies to spread awareness regarding literacy and constitutional rights, which will elevate them to emerge as strong representatives in society.

Drawing the attention Balakrishnan said that the Constitution of India guaranteed to all the people of country the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.
But due to poverty, customary and cultural practices prevailing in the country, there have  not much opportunity offered to various groups and which lead to deprive them of being treated equally as the other sections of the society.

Meanwhile, presiding over the function former Union Minister and tribal leader Arvind Netam said that in tribal dominated areas of state due to lack of literacy and awareness, disadvantaged groups of people such as women, children, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Linguistic Minorities, Religious Minorities and Sexual Minorities are not aware about Constitution of India which provides number of concessions to protect them from exploitation by other groups.

Other speakers at the occasion were R N Dhruv, K K L Gautam (Senior Advocate, Supreme Court), Ramesh Yadu, Urmila Singh Marco, Tejbhadur Banchhor, Vipin Sahu and Janak Lal Thakur.