Mysuru, May 9:- Karnataka State Nayaka Hitarakshana Vedike president Dyavappa Nayaka urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to establish a special Ministry for Scheduled Tribes.
He was addressing a press meet at the Mysuru Press Club in the city on Tuesday.
“There are 80 lakh members of Scheduled Tribe in Karnataka. They are facing problems in education, economic and political and backward. Valmiki Scheduled Tribe Development Board has been constituted in the state for namesake. It is not working to construct community hall, drainage system and other infrastructure and it is affecting the development of the community. For this purpose, a ministry should be established for the development of the Scheduled Tribe,” he added.
“Compared to other states, ST community gets only 3 per cent reservation in Karnataka. It should be increased to 8 per cent. State government should establish Valmiki Study Centre and install a statue of Valmiki in Mysuru,” he said.
State secretary Prabhakar Hunsur, Suresh Kumar Beedu, treasurer Madesha Kerehalli, Raju Market and Srinivas Kadkola were present. -(KMR, NGB)