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Day: 2nd Date: 11/12/2015 Place: Dibrugarh (Assam)
This was the First day of Bhim Yatra, started from Dibrugarh (Assam). Core team member of Safai Karamchari Andolan Dr. Y. Moses started the Yatra by paying tribute to Baba Saheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. He addressed 50-60 people. Majority of them were Manual Scavengers. Dr. Moses said that it is a shame for India if its people are still cleaning shit of their fellow citizens and sink down in gutters full of shit. Dr. Moses criticized the both present and past govt. for not making committed efforts to end this inhuman and obnoxious practice. Then Mrs. Chandra Valmiki addressed the public and told that this govt. is only responsible for continuation of this atrocious work, not our own people.
With giving Ambedkar’s Mantra ‘Educate, Agitate and Organize’ to masses, Dr. Moses, with other members of SKA of Assam team visited five Safai Karamchari bastis of Dibrugarh, 1. Gram Bazar Municipality Colony; 2. Ambedkar Harijan Colony; 3. Railway Harijan Colony; 4. Banswari Harijan Colony and 5. Shantipara Harijan Colony. Rallying and sloganeering around above said Harijan bastis SKA Assam team announced—rupees 40 thousand to be paid to Safai Karamcharis for their rehabilitation as ‘one-time cash assistance’, as per Manual Scavenging Act-2013 (The Prohibition Of Employment As Manual Scavengers And Their Rehabilitation Act, 2013) and rupees 10 lacks as a compensation to the dependents of people died in sewer and septic tanks, as per Supreme Court Judgment 2014. At Shantipara Harijan Colony SKA team had discussion on sewer deaths with Safai Karamcharis. Then Geeta and Sukhli Basfor talked on Manual Scavenging Act 2013–the provisions enlisted in the act for the rehabilitation of Safai Karamcharis. She also discussed demands of Bhim Yatra and people showed their willingness to join the campaign.
SKA team held its night halt in Dibrugarh, covering almost 20 km on its first day.
Word of appreciation:
We thank Pratap Basfor and Kishan Basfor for their hard work in starting Bhim Yatra in a striking way.
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