Last updated: August 22, 2022, 6:59 PM IST
The National Commission on Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has received a complaint alleging discrimination in the serving of midday meals in some schools in Rajasthan. NCSC chairman Vijay Sampla claimed that atrocities against Dalits in Rajasthan have increased and the commission will hold a review meeting of various branches of the state government in Jaipur on August 24-25.
According to the complaint, the schools have created separate seating for Scheduled Castes (SC) children while they serve midday meals, Sampla told reporters here. During an All India SC/ST Welfare Association program, I was told that some schools do not allow people from the SC community to prepare midday meals, he said.
I have searched for a list of such schools and a report on them to verify the allegations. When things like this happen in government schools, it’s a shame, he said. We write to the rest of the states in the same way that when schools are recognized, an affidavit must also be taken from the management of that school that their awareness of castes must be of a level that does not discriminate. Teachers should also be trained in this regard, he added.
He said the Jalore incident, in which a nine-year-old Dalit boy was beaten by his teacher at a private school for allegedly touching a water pot, was unfortunate. The state government has taken action in the case and has arrested the teacher and registered an FIR against him, he said.
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