Prevented from hoisting tricolour on Republic Day, says Dalit sarpanch in Nanded
She had earlier tried to convince the members that being the village sarpanch she had the right to hoist the flag at the gram panchayat on Republic Day.
On January 31, Nanure submitted a written complaint with District Collector Dhiraj Kumar and SP Vitthal Jadhav. However, she said, no action had been initiated till date. Apparently, a majority of the households in the village belong to the Maratha community. Of the nine panchayat members, eight are Marathas. Nanure, who belongs to Matang caste, is the sole member representing the backward communities. The post of sarpanch was reserved in the last elections.
The Maharashtra government resolution passed in January 2003 says if a woman heads the gram panchayat, the flag should be hoisted by her. In case of her absence, another woman ranking next to the sarpanch should do it.
Nanure said she had convened a meeting of panchayat members on January 21 where the gramsevak explained flag hoisting rules. “The gramsevak said as sarpanch it was my right to hoist the flag. But on January 26 morning, when I reached the gram panchayat office to hoist the tricolour, the deputy sarpanch