‘State positive on reservation to Dhangar community’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Nov 2017 09:32:29


Staff Reporter,

Solapur University to be named after Ahilyabai Holkar, assures Chief Minister while addressing mammoth gathering of Dhangar community

Promising positive recommendation to Centre on reservations to Dhangars, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, he is not the one to go back on his word, while trying to assuage the feelings of the community.

At the same time, Fadnavis also said, road is now clear to rename Solapur University after Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar. In city on Sunday for the Dhangar community rally, Chief Minister explained the reason for delay saying the process must withstand the constitutional provisions, and promised to expedite once the report of TISS comes in by December.

The rally convened by Padma Shri Dr Vikas Mahatme, Member, Rajya Sabha, of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was touted as ultimatum to State as community is getting restless at the delay in forwarding positive recommendation. As the community improvised to corner Chief Minister by playing a popular Hindi song ‘Kya Hua Tera Wada’, an equally competent Devendra Fadnavis seized the opportunity to claim that “I am committed to the word given to Dhangar community, and not the one to go back on promises”, amidst loud applause from the assembled gathering. The public rally was held at Sneh Nagar ground off Wardha Road.

Chief Minister said, “TISS report is going to be a historic document and once State gets the report, we would hold a
study and forward a positive recommendation to Centre.
At the same time he clarified by including Dhangars in the list of Scheduled Tribes and the Adivasis’ interest would not be hurt.”At the same time he asked the community leaders to frame a scheme for educational and economic upliftment of Dhangars and State would accept it and implement the same.

Addressing the gathering, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir explained the strategy being adopted at Centre to ensure that Dhangars get the justice. He also explained the positive role being played by Dr Mahatme to ensure that once State recommendation comes, the decision from Centre on reservations does not get delayed.

Ahir said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ would ensure that Dhangars long struggle would not go waste. He, however, added that apart from reservations, for Dhangars it is also necessary to focus on economic upliftment and there are many Government schemes that should be utilised by the community for benefit of the members.

Earlier, Maharashtra Ministers Mahaderao Jankar and Prof Ram Shinde praised the efforts of Chief Minister. He said, it is for first time someone has openly committed himself to reservations for Dhangar. He also said, the TISS survey is necessary to ensure proper documentation of community’s status and ensure the decision to grant reservation is not legally challenged.

Jankar came clean that he does not aspire for power and ultimate goal is reservations for Dhangars. However, as he pleaded with community to have faith and don’t get excited the crowed grew restive to which the Minister said, he is even today ready to resign from Cabinet if the issues come to that level.

Dr Vikas Mahatme, while acknowledging the positive feedback from BJP leadership, said, the community is, however, feeling that justice delayed is justice denied and hence the decision on reservations to Dhangars should be expedited by State. He listed the positive decision from State Government wherein Dhangar community is now allowed to take sheeps for grazing on forest land.

At the same time Dr mahatme held out that in case TISS report goes against the community, whose possibility is quite less, the State Government should not go back on promise made in BJP’s manifesto about reservations to Dhangars in ST.  Dr Mahatme also said, he is eager to see Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis issuing ST certificates to Dhangars during the current term.

The programme was compered by Sunita Mahatme while Subhash Lingate proposed a vote of thanks. Reiterating the commitments made to the community, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis promised positive recommendation from State Government to Centre for reservations to Dhangar community.