Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday claimed that the Centre has acknowledged the use of term ‘Mahadalits’ for the extremely backward classes,whose social uplift his government was committed to.
“I am happy that the term Mahadalit is now being used and has been accepted by the National Advisory Council (NAC) led by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi… NAC has identified the word. States should also accept it for the uplift of Mahadalits,” he told a function organised to mark the 120th birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar.
“When I coined the word ‘Mahadalit’,people vehemently opposed it and even knocked the door of National SC/ST Commission and the judiciary,” Kumar said apparently referring to the opposition by LJP-RJD combine which had accused him of heaping “insult” on dalits.
He announced that tola sevaks posted at the centres in Mahadalit tolas would soon be getting hiked salary of Rs 3,000 per month from the present Rs 2,000 per month.
The state government would also accord top priority to see Bihar in the list of top five states in terms of literacy by 2021 census,the chief minister said.
Official sources said there were a number of development and welfare schemes like MNREGA,Indira Awas in operation in Bihar,but the intended beneficiaries were apparently unaware of such schemes.
It has been,therefore,decided to launch community radio service,part of Mahadalit Mission programme on experimental basis,to make them aware of their rights and schemes,they said.