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Training Program for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Back

As part of creating awareness on social realities, Human Rights and Training Unit organized a two -day training program on Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act 2015 on 29th and 30th September 2016. Around fifty people from various non-governmental organizations, people’s movements, colleges, minority sections and self-help groups enthusiastically participated in the program.

The resource person was Ms. Manoranjani, one of the established advocates in Karnataka who advocates social equity and equality. She explained the social struggles of depressed communities in the society. The rigid caste hierarchy of dominant communities and demand for equal rights of depressed communities has been a predominant issue in Indian society since many centuries. She indicated that though our country has an all-encompassing constitution that assures equality of opportunity to all the citizens regardless of their caste and status the scheduled caste and scheduled tribes are treated in an inhuman manner. Also, the social problems like illiteracy, poverty, unemployment and malnutrition are alarmingly prevalent among these communities in India. After this, the resource person introduced an activity in which the participants were divided into three groups and each group was given one question. This was followed by animated discussion after which the groups presented their views and deliberations in common.

Mr. Anandraj, another resource person from Madurai explained the Right to Information Act 2005 and shared his rich personal experiences in the field of RTI. The speaker was an eminent personality in the domain of RTI and also possessed information on issues relating to health and education sectors. He had many publications to his credit. His interventions had brought many concrete changes in health and education sectors in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The participants were broken up into two groups and instructed for making model RTI applications with relevant questions. The group members discussed with one another and presented their group reflections. The resource person concluded by advising the participants on making effective use of the Act to improve the quality of life of the ordinary people and also make the responsible officials accountable to the common people. His session empowered the participants with practical knowledge about RTI and two RTI applications were submitted to the government of Karnataka from the participants.

A.M Kanchana
Assistant,Human Rights & Training Unit