Mysuru: The members of the on Monday held a demanding implementation of 7.5% for communities falling under (STs) by the state and central governments.
The activists gathered near the deputy commissioner’s office to lend voice to their angst and demands. The president of the Nayaka outfit Paduvarahalli M Ramakrishna said that members of his community numbered 80 lakh in Karnataka, and a majority of them are still lagging both socially and politically. “The governments have neglected the welfare of our community, because of which the condition of our community is still backward,” said Ramakrishna.

Besides demanding a hike in the percentage of Reservation, the protesters raised the pitch for erecting a statue of the mythical sage Maharishi , credited with the authorship of the epic Ramayana. They also demanded action against officials of various departments, who they alleged harassed members of their community. Besides a statue of Valmiki, the protesters want a memorial built to the Chitradurga chieftain at Paschima Vahini in Srirangapatna in Mandya.

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