Dalits in India by Sukhadeo Thorat

By Sukhadeo Thorat

This publication presents an in depth and finished account of the prestige of Dalits in modern India. It delineates their monetary and social prestige and charts the adjustments considering the fact that 1947 with appreciate to big signs of human improvement.

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Persons assisted under this programme are known as ‘swarozgaris’ and not ‘beneficiaries’. A significant aspect of the SGSY is that every family assisted under this programme is to be brought above the poverty line in three years. Therefore, the programme aims at creating substantial additional incomes for the rural poor. Subject to the availability of funds, it proposes to cover 30 per cent of the rural poor in each block. Targeting the most vulnerable among the rural poor, the programme has been designed to provide proper support and encouragement to tap their inherent talents and capabilities.

Constitutional safeguards The Government of India has enacted legislations to ensure, and the Constitution itself provides for, several safeguards for SCs. The primary consideration of the government in abolishing ‘untouchability’ and in enforcing several measures for protective discrimination was the nature of the disabilities that had been typically associated with untouchability. These disabilities were as follows: 1. Denial or restriction of access to public facilities such as wells, schools, roads, post offices and courts 2.

1 This gross discrimination and exclusion has resulted in widespread deprivation and poverty for the SCs, who have traditionally been placed at the bottom rung of the caste hierarchy. Considering the magnitude and extent of discrimination and deprivation, it was essential to have constitutional provisions that would enable an equitable distribution of opportunities through reservations, provide protection against social dogmas and economic exploitation, and enhance specific financial allocations to expedite the socio-economic, political and cultural development of SCs.

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