To this end, the government sources released PM Modi's schedule on February 14 when the Pulwama terror attack took place.
The plunge in the budget allocated for self-employment schemes of manual scavengers has been steep. From Rs 448 crore in 2014, it fell by 98% to Rs 5 crore in 2017.
Modi had said at the function on Monday that just as people give special treatment to mentally retarded children when they visit their houses, the Dalits, too, ought to be treated the same way. He also called upon the people to change their mindset toward untouchability. He said untouchability is still an issue in the country despite several spiritual gurus campaigning to eradicate it.