Koli Samaj

Shimla: Taking serious view on the complaints of the members of the Koli Samaj and Ravidass communities regarding discrimination with the students of Scheduled Caste communities in serving of mid-day-meal in few schools and Anganwadi Kendras in the State, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh directed the concerned authorities to re-circulate the orders to all schools and Anganbari Kendras to ensure that such kind of practice was stopped immediately.

The Chief Minister, in the first meetings of H.P. Koli Welfare Board and H.P. Sant Ravidass Kalyan Board, directed to serve the mid-day-meal to the students roll number wise so that no student feel humiliated. He said

“this was a criminal offence and action should be initiated against those teachers or Anganbari Sahayikas/workers who were found guilty as per the law”

On the demand of the members of these Boards to implement 85th amendment of the Constitution for providing reservation to the SCs/STs in State Government services, the Chief Minister said a committee had been constituted under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary and the decision would be taken in this regard after receiving the recommendations of the Committee.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil, Excise and Taxation Minister Prakash Chaudhary, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Vinay Kumar, MLA Yadvindra Goma, Additional Chief Secretary Sanjeev Gupta, official and non-official members of the Boards and senior officers of the State government were present at the meetings.