Buta Singh justifies his criticism of BJP govt in Karnataka
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Last Updated: Saturday, May 01, 2010, 20:40
Bangalore: Brushing aside Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa's protestations, National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) Chairman Buta Singh on Saturday stuck to his charge that the state government had failed to utilise central grants meant for welfare of SCs.

"I did not manufacture the facts. The facts were provided by Karnataka government," Singh told reporters here, responding to Yedyurappa's criticism of his remarks on funds utilization as "politically motivated".

Singh had made the comments after reviewing the progress in the implementation of schemes for the welfare of SCs in Karnataka at a meeting here on Wednesday.

"The statistics were provided by none other than the chief secretary, home secretary and social welfare minister who was sitting next to me at the meeting," Singh said.

Hitting back at Singh, Yeddyurappa had said he had expressed views without knowing facts and his remarks politically motivated.

"Though I am a politician, as chairman of this Commission, I am not indulging in any party-based politics but only pointing to real situation faced by Scheduled Castes in Karnataka," Singh said on the sidelines of his meeting with the SC/ST employees' associations of both public and private sectors here.

Taking another swipe at the Yeddyurappa government, he said "The fact that of nearly 7,000 cases of atrocities against SCs reported in Karnataka, conviction has happened only in three per cent of the cases shows how efficiently government is functioning.

"If at all the chief minister has to criticise, he has to criticise his own government."

Singh alleged that Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh were the two states where two persons had got elected to the Assembly by producing a false caste certificate.

"However, I have nothing against Yeddyurappa. He is a very capable person who can manage the government without a majority," he said, sarcastically.

On reservation for promotion of SCs/STs in all cadres in banks, Singh said he would soon meet the CMDs of RBI, Canara Bank and State Bank of India in this regard and take up the matter with them.

He charged that recruitment rules in banks were changed every now and then "without taking the suggestions" of the Commission which is mandatory.

"I will bring this to the notice of the (bank) officials when I meet them," Singh said.

Earlier, he assured various employees' associations which submitted their representations that these would be taken up in all seriousness.


First Published: Saturday, May 01, 2010, 20:40

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