The Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities are being given due consideration and efforts are being made to secure reservations in state assemblies and Parliament, informed the chairman of Parliament’s Committee on the welfare of SC and ST Faggan Singh Kulaste.
He was speaking at a function to observe ‘Sankalp Din’ organised by Tribal Welfare department at Sanskruti Bhavan, Mushifond Amonem, Canacona recently. Kulaste also said that the reservation for this group for assembly and parliamentary seats may take a little time, while local bodies like councils and panchayats have already secured their reservations.
The function was attended by Social Welfare Minister Mahadev Naik, Tribal Welfare Minister Ramesh Tawadkar, South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar and others. While speaking during the occasion, Naik said that Sankalp Din marks the martyrdom/sacrifices of ST youth during the Balli agitation to secure rights of tribal people. This day will be observed every year irrespective of the political party which may form the government, he remarked. Earlier the portraits of Mangesh Gaonkar and others were garlanded and a souvenir was released.