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The Times Of India
SC/ST employees seek promotions on seniority - The Hindu
BR Ambedkar's London Home to be Turned Into Memorial - NDTV
Manual scavengers to tie rakhi to PM Narendra Modi today
Last Updated: Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 04:03
The group of five women will also hand over 1,000 rakhis to Modi designed by the widows from Vrindavan and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh who have been looked after by the NGO Sulabh International.
"Tying Rakhis to prime minister will be a major symbol against the existing stigma towards manual scavengers. It is a sad thing that widows have been considered inauspicious and manual scavengers as untouchables," said Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International.
With the help of Sulabh International, these people have been moved from manual scavenging to work like cooking, embroidery and painting.
Earlier on Raksha Bandhan, hundreds of manual scavengers and widows also tied rakhis on the wrist of Hindu priests and Sanskrit scholars.
Sulabh International works towards improvement of sanitation conditions across the country and also helps in the rehabilitation of manual scavengers.
The Times Of India
SC/ST employees seek promotions on seniority
AP Secretariat SC and ST Employees Association has represented to the government that seniority should be the basis while considering the cases for promotion to the next category.
Association secretary M.Yedukondalu here on Friday said they gave a representation addressed to the Chief Secretary in the wake of a petition submitted by one M.V.L. Kali Kumar, Deputy Secretary to Government, that as SC, ST employees, who were promoted against roster under the Right of Reservation were becoming seniors to him. He thus urged the authorities that further promotions be given by virtue of merit and ability and not on the basis of seniority.
The SC, ST Employees Association said the rule of reservation in promotions with consequential seniority in favour of SCs and STs was being implemented in the State as per the provisions in the Article 16 of the Constitution.
BR Ambedkar's London Home to be Turned Into Memorial
LONDON: Dr BR Ambedkar will be the first Indian to have an entire home dedicated to his memory in London after India sealed a 3.1-million deal to acquire a bungalow where the Dalit icon and architect of Indian Constitution lived as a student in the 1920s.
The Maharashtra government this week completed the formalities to acquire the 10 King Henry's Road townhouse in north London where Dr Ambedkar resided during his student days in 1921-22.
The three-storey home will now be transformed into a memorial after the state government gains possession within two-three weeks and carries out essential repair and renovation work. The memorial is expected to open to visitors by later this year or early next year.\
"This property also has the distinction of being recognised as an English Heritage since 1991 and carries a blue plaque with the words 'Dr Bhimjirao Ramji Ambedkar 1891-1956, Indian Crusader for social justice lived here'.
"This property, therefore, has historic significance for all his followers and admirers, not only in India but all over the world," said Rajkumar Badole, Maharashtra's minister of social justice and special assistance.
"Our plan is that for the maintenance and use of this property as Dr Ambedkar Memorial, the government of Maharashtra would work closely with the High Commission of India," he said.
The details of the shape and form of the new memorial will now be finalised after consultations between Maharashtra government and India's Ministry of External Affairs.
Among some of the proposals under consideration for the memorial-cum-museum is a plan to use one of the floors as a transitory residence for Indian students who arrive in the UK to study.
The 2,050 square feet residential property in London went up for sale through an estate agent last year.
The Federation of Ambedkarites and Buddhist Organisation (FABO) UK wrote to the Indian government to urge them to purchase it as a historically important monument.
The decision for Maharashtra to purchase the property was cleared by the Indian government, with the state Cabinet giving its final nod to the proposal in February this year.
"Generations of Indians in the UK and visitors studying, interested or inspired by Dr Ambedkar's key roles in furthering social justice, human rights and equal treatment issues will be able to visit... Additionally, its five bedrooms could be used as accommodation for Indian students from Dalit backgrounds while doing post-graduate studies in the UK," said FABO UK president Santosh Dass.
Over and above the 3.1 million pound cost of the home, there will be an estimated 2,17,000 pound Stamp Duty (payable at 7 per cent on the purchase price), with essential legal and insurance costs and renovations taking the cost up to around 4 million pounds.
"There is a lot of work to do on the house before it can be opened to visitors.
"We look forward to working with GOM (Government of Maharashtra) and the High Commission in London in the months and years to come to ensure that this cultural and political heritage site is put to uses of which Dr Ambedkar would approve," Mr Dass added.
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