Karnataka: SC/ST Tenders for Temple of Man Shoe Stalls Canceled | Bangalore News

BENGALURU: The Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (muzrai) has canceled a tender that “restricted” the rights to run shoe stalls in temples only to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, while allowing members of the ” general category” to manage other services.
After attracting the wrath of several Dalit groups, the muzrai department withdrew the tender on Wednesday. Outsourcing of various business services to Dodda Ganapati Temple Group which includes Ganapati TempleTemple of the Bull and Karanji Anjaneya Temple in Basavanagudi, the CEO of the group of temples under the muzrai department issued a tender on Monday.
While the department reserved services such as the sale of puja items and tender coconuts and the operation of an amusement ride for the ‘general category’, the management of shoe stalls was reserved for bidders only. scheduled castes and tribes.
As Dalit groups railed against what they called “a travesty of social justice”, the department on Wednesday withdrew the notification and canceled the tender with immediate effect. Confirming that the tender had been cancelled, the commissioner of the department of muzrai Rohini Sindhuri said officials should have considered the consequences before floating it.
“The tender was issued keeping in mind an ordinance issued in 2016, allowing reservation for SC/ST communities in the management of services in temples,” explained a temple officer. Sindhuri said GO 2016 will also be withdrawn after discussion with Minister Muzrai.
Mr Venkataswamy, State Chairman of the Republican Party of India and Head of Samata Saïnik Dalsaid: “It’s atrocious and unacceptable, especially when you’re celebrating the 75th anniversary of Independence and talking about social justice. It’s a testament to the mindset of the civil servants who work in the department .
The government must punish the officers responsible. What made them think that Dalits should only be in charge of shoe stalls and no other services? Tamil Nadu appoints non-Brahmins as temple priests. In Karnataka, we treat Dalits the same as before independence.”

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