Governor questions progress of harijans in schooling in TN, but cites inaccurate information


Whilst the ‘macro data’ demonstrates that the Point out has built substantial progress, the Governor suggests the ‘micro-level’ facts shows that the harijans have not witnessed a lot progress

Though the ‘macro data’ exhibits that the Point out has manufactured considerable development, the Governor says the ‘micro-level’ knowledge reveals that the harijans have not witnessed considerably development

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Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi on Monday lifted fears more than the development of harijans (Scheduled Castes) in Tamil Nadu by arguing that the Condition had a lousy file on difficulties like training and untouchability. While the Governor put forth data on Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) to back again his contention, the formal info showed that the numbers cited may well be inaccurate.

Inaugurating infrastructure at SRS Sarvodaya Students’ Ladies Hostel, operate by the Harijan Sevak Sangh (HSS), Chennai, he mentioned Tamil Nadu had progressed in regions like schooling, health, infrastructure and industrialization when 1 looked at macro-amount knowledge. On the other hand, he reported, the “picture is disturbing” when one particular seemed at micro-amount data.

He cited the case in point of Gross Enrollment Ratio, which he described as the number of young children who are in faculty for each individual 100 youngsters of school-heading age. Lauding Tamil Nadu for possessing a GER of 51% when in comparison to the national determine of 28%, he, having said that, reported the State’s GER among the harijans was only 13% to 14%, which was 50 % that of the national figure.

He stated that if the State’s common was 51%, it meant that some communities have been truly owning a GER of close to 70% to 75%, while it was just 13% to 14% for harijanswho represent 24% of the State’s populace.

[It has to be noted that the figures of 51% and 28% quoted by the Governor match the GER figures for higher education and not school education, where the GER is much higher, both at the State and national level. According to the All India Survey on Higher Education 2019-20 data (the latest), Tamil Nadu’s GER is 51.4%, while India’s is 27.1%. Importantly, the GER for SCs in Tamil Nadu is not 13% to 14%, as quoted by the Governor, but 39.6%. At the national level, it is 23.4%]

“Look at the gap. In our macro story, we overlook the folks who truly should have the treatment. It pains me to see this…Now, we converse about social justice, we speak about a product of enhancement. It is all just noise. Let us be compassionate,” Mr. Ravi claimed.

Stating that Tamil Nadu however experienced untouchability in many areas, he requested, “What have we completed to make certain that the most shameful detail of untouchability does not exist in our State, which claims to be the most progressive?”

He mentioned that in scenarios submitted for atrocities against Harijans, 1 would anticipate the conviction charge to be significant, as the load was now on the accused to verify they are innocent. Nevertheless, he explained the conviction amount was abysmally weak in Tamil Nadu, introducing that the identical was the case with crimes in opposition to gals belonging to SC communities.

He stated Mahatma Gandhi started off HSS as he observed the nation as a single family, wherever each individual member deserved dignity and equivalent prospect for development. Arguing that India cannot mature if a significant group of people today was still significantly driving, he reported it was the responsibility of the corporates and the prosperous to assistance the harijans,

P. Maruthi, HSS Point out president, reported the new hostel infrastructure was created with guidance from the Tamil Nadu Governor’s Discretionary Fund, previous Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and his relatives, Geetha Bhavan Trust, Newsmen Associates Constrained and lots of other donors.

Sankar Kumar Sanyal, national president, HSS, and Shashikant B. Kalyani, Main Common Supervisor (Finance), Indian Oil Company Minimal (TN Point out Business), spoke on the celebration.

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