Fund diversion for CWG serious: NCSC
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Last Updated: Friday, October 15, 2010, 15:27
New Delhi: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has taken serious note of the reported diversion of funds meant for welfare schemes for Dalits to Commonwealth Games preparations by Delhi government and demanded their return in case it has happened.

"The Commission has taken this matter seriously. I don't have full information, but, in my opinion the money that is meant for Dalit welfare schemes should not be spent for any other purpose. If it has been diverted, I demand that it should be returned," P L Punia, who took charge of the Commission Friday, told reporters here.

The state government is reported to have diverted nearly Rs 740 crore for various CWG related infrastructure projects that was actually meant for Dalit welfare schemes but Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had denied the allegation.

Punia was appointed chairman of the Commission as the term of Buta Singh expired six months ago.

Asked for his opinion on reservation in private sector for SC and STs, he said, "Personally I am for it. But, today, I don't understand how companies that take loan/money from public limited banks/organisations can call themselves private anymore. They should follow the same rules applicable to public limited companies and have reservation".

Corporate India, led by the presidents of the country?s three biggest industry lobbies, CII, FICCI and Assocham, had last month told the Prime Minister's Office that they will not be able to reserve five per cent jobs for people belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes as quotas will not serve the purpose of affirmative action.

When told that Tata Sons had in one such meeting said that if the reservation is enforced upon the private sector then the company would rather pay off such people rather than employ them, Punia said "such a feeling is not good".

To a question on the recommendation of Ranganath Mishra Commission report on SC/ST status for Dalit Muslims and Christians, he said, "there is no caste system in Muslims but there are castes. We welcome their demand if it is justified".


First Published: Friday, October 15, 2010, 15:27

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