RELIEF FOR SCHEDULED CLASSES
Should be Undertaken By Govt., Says Dr. Ambedkar
MADRAS, Sept. 22 -“I would like to Bay that while I am wholeheartedly in favour of opening hostels and dispensaries, and other ameliorative measures for the Schedued Classes, I feel that these necessary things must be done by Government at Government cost, so that no community could feel that it has conferred an obligation upon another, and so that the community that receives the benefits may not feel that in the circumstances they should remain grateful to the benefactors,” observed Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Labour Member, Viceroy’s Executive Council, reprwing to a joint address presented by the Andhra Harijan Sevak Sangh and the M. C. Rajah Memorial Hostel Committee, this morning at the Hostel premises. Dr. Ambedkar stated that the Government of India had recently sanctioned a sum of three lakhs of rupees, earmarked for the advanced education of Scheduled Classes. Dr. Ambedkar was taken to the Hostel in process1on from the “residence of Dewan Bahadur R. Srinivasan. On arriving at the Hostel he was received by Professor D. S. Sharma and Mr. B. Murthy, M.L.A., President and Secretary respectively of the Harijan Sevak Sangh. Among those present were Mr. C. K. Vijayaraghavan I.C.S., Labour Commissioner, Mr. G. Ramachandran, Joint Editor “The Indian Express” and Rao Bahadur.N. Sıvaraj. The address presented to Dr. Ambedkar stated that it was a pity that neither the Harijan Sevak Sangh nor the Provincial Government had offered any encouragement to the students who took up Law and other Post-Graduate courses. It was therefore requested that provision be made for these Courses in the scheme of scholarships sanctioned through the good offices of Dr. Ambedkar by the Central Government. Dr. Ambedkar was also requested to use his influence to get the Bachelors of Law, belonging to the Scheduled Castes, exempted from the payment of the enrolment fee.
Dr. Ambedkar, replying said that, he welcomed the efforts on the part of the High Caste Hindus to elevate the Depressed Classes. But, during the past few years of his public life he was very much pained to observe that wherever an effort had been made to educate the Scheduled Classes, by the higher Castes, it had been very difficult to separate education from propaganda. He was one of those who strongly felt that education should not be mixed with propaganda. “
Dr. Ambedkar said that the three lakhs of rupees sanctioned by the Central Government recently for the higher education of Depressed Classes would be utilized to give advanced technical education in Europe and America to ten or fifteen boys every year. He hoped that some similar provis1on would also be made by the Provincial Governments. In fact it was one of his plans to see that the new Constitution contained a provision which would impose an obligation upon every Provincial Government to earmark a certain sum for the university education of the Scheduled Castes. If this was done, the sum allotted by the Central Government could be used purely for the purpose of giving foreign technical education. He hoped that he would be successful in implementing the scheme in the new constitution.
Mr. B. S. Murthy introduced the inmates of the hostel to the distinguished visitor.