CHENNAI: Mannurumai Meettpu Iyakkam, a grouping of Dalit organisations, has said the previous DMK government in TN was anti-Dalit. D Periyaswamy , convenor of Mannurumai Meett pu Iyakkam in a media meet on Tuesday said, “ The DMK led regime was an anti-Dalit government, as most of its activities were against holistic development of Dalits.”
Mannurumai Meettpu Iyakkam indicated that the DMK regime misused exclusive funds under the Special Component Plan given by the Centre to the State for the development of SC and ST communities.Sathya Chandran, Advocate, Madras High Court, speaking to Express said, “As per the GO:(2D) No:8 from Department of Information Technology dated 24.2.2011, that Rs 74,91,00,000 from the Special Component Plan is used for the Kalaingar free TV scheme which was sanctioned under this GO.”In 2010-2011, Rs 3828 crores were received by the state from the Central government as the Special Component fund. In 2011-2012 another Rs 4470 crore were received. Periyaswamy said, “ Every year the government should report on how the Special Component Plan funds are used. In the last four years, no break up of how the funds were spent had been reported. We request the Amma led government to immediately probe into this and take action against the previous DMK led government under the SC/ST Atrocities Act.”As land grabbing reclaims make headlines, Mannurumai Meettpu Iyakkam apparently found this the right time to raise their concerns about the Panchami land reclamation .