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11/08/09
VR1 (WE ARE ONE ) +VE NEWS-The Grace “WAIT”- People betrayed: BSP-Caste discrimination in rehabilitation work alleged -
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The Grace

“WAIT

Once Buddha was walking from one town to another town with a few of his followers. This was in the initial days.

While they were traveling, they happened to pass a lake. They stopped there and Buddha told one of his disciples,

“I am thirsty. Do get me some water from that lake there.” The disciple walked up to the lake. When he reached it,

he noticed that right at that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake. As a result, the water became

very muddy, very turbid. The disciple thought, “How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink!” So he came

back and told Buddha, “The water in there is very muddy. I don’t think it is fit to drink.” After about half an hour,

again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake and get him some water to drink.

The disciple obediently went back to the lake. This time he found that the lake had absolutely clear water in it.

The mud had settled down and the water above it looked fit to be had.

So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha.

Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said, “See what you did to make the water clean.

You let it be…. and the mud settled down on its own – and you got clear water.

Your mind is also like that! When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own.

You don’t have to put in any effort to calm it down. It will happen. It is effortless.”

What
did Buddha emphasize here? He said, “It is effortless.” Having ‘Peace
of Mind’ is not a strenuous job; it is an effortless process! Just wait
to Settle.

Have a Peaceful Life!!!!

The Bahujan Samaj Party must Just wait to Settle.   Give it a little time. See what you should do to Transform the Society.

People betrayed: BSP


‘BJP has neglected flood victims and relief work’

‘Crop damage assessment unscientific’

Bahujan Samaj Party has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) Government in the State of betraying the people and said that
while north Karnataka was reeling under post-flood trauma, BJP leaders
were busy with “moral science classes” in Suttur Math. Now, they were
busy sorting out their internal differences, regardless of the plight
of the flood victims
.

The BJP
had lost the moral authority to rule the State as its leaders appeared
to be fighting amongst themselves for power.

Describing the assessment of crop damage in the recent floods as
unscientific and incorrect, BSPdemanded that the State
Government revise its findings. He said the Government had estimated
the crop damage at Rs. 18,600 crore, while the actual loss had been
nearly Rs. 30,000 crore.

The loss of maize alone accounted for around Rs. 8,000 crore, after
which came paddy (Rs. 6,000 crore). Horticultural crops worth Rs. 3,000
crore too had been damaged, it claimed.

On the compensation payable to the flood-affected people, BSP said the Union Government was still following old norms framed
during British rule. “Under these, the Government is giving only Rs.
800 an acre as compensation for dryland and Rs. 1,600 for irrigated
land. This amount is too inadequate to compensate for the losses,” it
said.

The only way to provide better compensation was either to declare
the floods a natural calamity or make the necessary amendments in the
rules governing award of compensation.

Referring to the Union Government’s proposal to amend the National
Food Security Act, it said essential food items should be included in
the Act, and it should be ensured that they were sold through the
public distribution system
.

Caste discrimination in rehabilitation work alleged


‘Help from private agencies should be channelled through Government’

Bangalore: On what basis did some families in the flood-hit
districts of north Karnataka get a compensation of Rs. 1,500 for a
destroyed house, while others got up to Rs. 30,000 even when the nature
of construction and extent of built area was equal?


Discrepancies

Caste discrimination was at the root of many such discrepancies in
rehabilitation work in Bijpur, Bellary, Gulbarga and other districts,
alleged persons from these areas in their testimonies at a public
hearing organised by Bahujan Samaj Party
here on Saturday.

They listed discriminations of various kinds: in compensation given
for destroyed houses and crops, restricted access to gruel centres,
barring entry into rehabilitation centres when they are in religious
places such as temples, and so on. “They give money to those who have
got it once, leaving out poor people like me,” said Durgamma from
Hospet taluk in Bellary district.

Kamala Bai from Karjol in Bijapur district said the SC/STs and the
poor got a raw deal even though the former Minister Govind Karjol
hailed from her village.

P. Ramesh from Bijapur alleged that the district administration had used the floods as an excuse to demolish two slums.

“Rather than help rebuild our houses, whatever remained our houses was destroyed without any notice,” he said.

BSP, objected to the rehabilitation
work being done through maths and other religious organisations as it
led to caste discrimination. He demanded that help for rehabilitation
from private agencies be channelled through the Government. Justice
A.J. Sadashiva, who heads the panel set up to probe discrimination
against the Scheduled Castes, said that problems in rehabilitation
should be corrected rather than stopped.


Barriers

He said that caste barriers should be done away with while
rebuilding villages and people from various castes should not be
segregated in allotment of houses and sites.

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