Bangalore: Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj on Wednesday said that ministers from Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe communities should not forget people from their community after assuming positions.
He was speaking after inaugurating state-level symposium on ‘Safeguards to slum dwellers: Problems and prospects,’ organised by Samatha Sainik Dal (SSD) as a part of Buddha Poornima celebrations on Wednesday.
Bhardwaj said “The ministers from the SC/ST community should respond to their people’s problems and work to reduce social inequality persisting in the society. Even today casteism persists and Dalits continue to suffer. Sadly, the values of Lord Buddha and Dr B R Ambedkar are not being followed by people.”
Public Works Minister H C Mahadevappa said that criminal cases should be filed against those officials who did not spend the money allocated for projects meant for uplift of the SC/STs.
Meanwhile, the Buddha Poornima was celebrated with great fervour by devotees and various organisations across the City.
The Maha Bodhi Society had line up various activities for the day. Books related to Buddhism such as ‘Perspective of Buddhism 30 Dhamma talks,’ ‘Upasakarige Boudha Anushasana,’ ‘Mahabodhi Samsthegalu’ among others were released by Vice Chancellor of Karnataka State Open University, Mysore, M G Krishnan. Kannada author and thinker Nadoja Ham Pa Nagarajaiah was present on the occasion.
Similarly, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath held a painting exhibition on the theme ‘Lord Buddha’. The Central College also celebrated the occasion by holding cultural activities.