Implement 85th Amendment and attack untouchability: Himachal CPM
Shimla On the basis of its survey across 35,000 dalit households across 1,000 panchayats, the CPM today claimed that at least 95 per cent of Schedule Caste families were small and marginal farmers. As the party held a rally in Shimla to seek the people’s support to launch a struggle for Schedule Castes’ rights, it said that the survey had shown that the majority of Dalits were living in poor conditions and facing caste-based discrimination.
The CPM has now amalgamated its long-standing agenda of the need for fresh land reforms in the state with dalit rights and has bid to attract supporters of other parties on the issue in Himachal, which has the second highest proportion of Schedule Castes among the states with 24.7 per cent of its population being SC.
“This campaign would not only be led by dalits to assert their own rights. The masses in general will also have to join in. After the Panchayati Raj Institution elections are over in January, the CPM will attract the support of people across different parties to join the mass campaign for Dalit rights that would be launched from Mandi in February,” said CPM Secretary Rakesh Singha.