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News of the day : Tribal voters of Metiguda once again express their faith in the ballot
- December 8, 2018
- Posted by: Shivam
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Tribal voters of Metiguda once again express their faith in the ballot
Election is the time when the strengths and pitfalls of democracy are visible, especially in the backward rural confines of erstwhile composite Adilabad district.
The voters of the far flung tribal habitations of Metiguda and Dubbaguda, 70 and 40 respectively, make one believe in the strengths of democracy as they continue to undertake the 6 km of tormenting trek over steep hills to reach their polling station at Khatiguda in Sirpur (U) mandal of Asifabad (ST) constituency in Kumram Bheem Asifabad district.
Their plight, however, also reveals the negligence on part of the powers that be. These villages, and many other similar habitations seem to have not been a part of the scheme of things of successive governments.
“Bathi jhel hid avastha (how long should we suffer these travails),” lamented octogenarian Athram Mankubai, the eldest of the Raj Gond Adivasi voters in Metiguda as she laboured over the steep incline of the first hillock. As always, she led a group of voters from her village on the journey to exercise their franchise.
“Until 2014 election, we used to trek for 12 km to the polling station at Pangdi,” recalled Pendur Shankar, the village Patel or head man. “No public representative or officer has ever shown interest in solving our problems especially laying a proper road between Kerameri and our village,” added Kursenga Telang Rao, village elder.
Metiguda and Dubbaguda are actually located closer to Kerameri mandal headquarters, the distance being 5 km, but most of it a difficult dirt track. In order to reach Khatiguda by road, the voters of Metiguda would have to travel for 35 km and those from Dubbaguda about 30 km.
The residents aboriginal people of the two villages cover the same distance to fetch their monthly rations from the public distribution system as their ration shop is located in Babjipet. “And if there is a delay in delivery of rations to the shop, we have to make the trip once again,” pointed out out old Kudmetha Bheembai who was in the second group of voters heading towards the polling station on Friday.
The Maharashtra Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a Bill proposing 16% reservation for Marathas in government jobs and education. With this, 85% of the State’s population will be entitled to constitutional benefits under Article 15(4), 16 (4) of the Constitution.
The approval of the Bill will also see the reservation limit go up from the current 52%to 68%, thus crossing the 50% ceiling set by Supreme Court. “This is a compelling extraordinary situation demanding extraordinary solutions within the constitutional framework,” the draft Bill says while suggesting it “expedient” to provide for 16% reservation to the Marathas.
At the start of proceedings on Thursday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tabled the Bill in both Houses along with an Action Taken Report (ATR) on the recommendations by the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission (MSBCC). The move was applauded by legislators who shouted slogans welcoming the draft Bill, later distributing sweets in the premises. “We have completed all the necessary procedures. I am therefore tabling the Bill for clearance of the House,” said Mr. Fadnavis.
Cheered by all
Members of both Houses, cutting across party lines, walked up to the Chief Minster and thanked him for the decision. “The Government of Maharashtra has considered the report of the commission. On the basis of exhaustive study of the Commission, including employment, education, social status, economical status, living conditions, the government is of the opinion declaring Marathas SEBC,” the draft Bill said.
While retaining the principle of creamy layer for the purpose of reservation to the Socially Economically Backward Class under the Act, the Bill urged that reservation be made available to only those persons found “below” the layer.
The draft Bill while giving a backdrop for the community, which constitutes 30% of state’s population, said the presence of Marathas in position of academic excellence is “very marginal”. On an average 4.30% academic and teaching posts are occupied by persons of Maratha community, and lack of conventional degree is keeping them in employments such as mathadis, hamals, dabbawallas, etc. “Around 70% are residing in kuchha homes, only 35.39% o them have personal tap water, 31.79% rely on traditional sources of firewood. While 2,152 Maratha farmers have committed suicide as against total suicides numbered 13,368 between 2013-18,” the draft Bill says.
(Source : The Hindu)
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