Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday directed police to promptly register cases related to atrocities against Dalits.
"In case of any laxity on the part of police, the district Deputy Commissioner concerned should be immediately contacted. Such cases should be given top priority as these call for immediate action," he said.
Presiding over a meeting of state Vigilance and Monitoring Committee formed under Rule 16 of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Rule, 1995, Khattar said the his government is sensitive towards Scheduled Castes' rights and committed to ensure their safety.
The Chief Minister also announced to increase assistance being given to members of the Scheduled Castes for defending cases against exploitation by landlords from Rs 5,500 to Rs 11,000, an official release said.
Minister of State for Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Krishan Kumar Bedi said the government is ensuring effective implementation of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
It was informed in the meeting that financial assistance under the SCs/STs Act is being provided to those who are victims of atrocities. So far, 74 persons have been provided financial assistance of Rs 60.84 lakh this year.