CHENNAI:The National Commission for Scheduled Castes Chairman PL Punia has lauded the Tamil Nadu Government for its good work in education as the literacy rate is higher than the national average including in the case of the Scheduled Castes.
“Though it (literacy rate) is less than about 7 per cent compared to the general class in Tamil Nadu but it is 7 per cent higher than the national average that is a commendable work done by the State Government,” Punia told journalists during his visit to Chennai on Thursday. “There are 1,314 hostels and 482 for Scheduled Caste girls and the rest of them for Scheduled Caste boys. But, we have suggested that you carry out the survey how these facilities meant for Scheduled Caste boys and girls are functioning,” he added.
On the IIT Madras’s controversial derecognition of Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle and its subsequent revocation, Punia said “They have given clarification. There is no future course of action. They had their case registered and they have taken that. But we have given them a sort of warning to be careful in future. In normal course, they should have asked for explanation and if the explanations are not satisfactory, they could have taken action, but here they took action, then they are asking for explanation. There is no meaning.”