Action to establish Dalit rights stressed

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PV Desk : Rights activists here yesterday stressed the need for affirmative action alongside conducting a household survey for the dalit community to accept them socially and economically.

The state must take responsibility of the dalit community as they are forced to change their livelihood as a result of massive transformation of technology, they said at a dialogue on “Situation of the Dalit community in Bangladesh in the context of SDGs” in the CIRDAP auditorium.

Addressing the dialogue, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu laid emphasis on the role of both print and electronic media in disseminating information about the Dalit community.

Member of General Economics Division (GED) Dr Shamsul Alam, Executive Director of Avijan, a social welfare organization, Banan Biswas, CPD Distinguished Fellow Professor Mustafizur Rahman, among others, also spoke at the dialogue with Convener of Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya in the chair.

The information minister said, “Prime Minister’s ten priority programmes are closely related to achieving the targets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which eventually would help improve social and economic situation of the Dalit community.”