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India: Social Exclusion

Volume 702: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What progress they are making with non-governmental organisations in tackling social exclusion in India; what evaluations are planned; and whether they will use this experience in their regular human rights dialogue with the Government of India, bilaterally and through the European Union. [HL3693]

Countering social exclusion, promoting equality and tackling discrimination in India remain a high UK priority. We continue to support the Government of India's efforts in these areas. We also work in active partnership with a number of non-governmental organisations, such as Action Aid. We ensure that their evaluations feed into our discussions with the relevant Indian authorities, including the National Human Rights Commission. The social exclusion of Dalits was discussed at the latest round of the EU-India Human Rights Dialogue in New Delhi on 15 February where reference was made to the Indian Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment's existing schemes for the development of scheduled castes. The Department for International Development supports several Indian government initiatives to combat caste discrimination and social exclusion in all its forms.