Law to prevent SC, ST atrocities to be made more stringent
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Last Updated: Monday, August 30, 2010, 23:48
  
New Delhi: Assuring the Lok Sabha that the government would make law more stringent to prevent atrocities against SC and ST, Home Minister P Chidambaram today said the principal responsibility was with the states to implement these laws.

"We will make the law more stringent and if needed, bring amendments in the Act (SC&ST Prevention of Atrocities Act)," he said replying to a discussion on situation arising out of increasing atrocities against SC and ST.

He said, "In my view, the principal responsibility is with the state governments to implement these laws. The state government must post SC and ST officials where the people are vulnerable."

About reservation in jobs for SC and ST, the minister said, "Since 1950...government is totally committed to reservation of SC, ST and OBC in jobs. In UPA-I, we have cleared a backlog of 54,000 vacancies. We would come up with another drive to fill the vacancies reserved for SC and ST." He said, "This is the most vulnerable country (as far civil rights of SC and ST are concerned)...we can't call ourselves civilised...how we treat our SC, ST and women."

About fund allocations for the welfare of SC and ST, he said, "The ministries give details of funds allocated for SC and ST and the schemes under which they partially benefited."

"Some ministries are not doing so. The Planning Commission has constituted a committee for the purpose. Once the committee submits its reports, all ministries would follow the same pattern of giving details of funds allocated for SC and ST."

The minister pointed out that one of the reasons for atrocities against SC and ST is that they are getting prosperous day by day. "This has also created problems," he said.

He also said the delay in justice results in disappearance of evidence and forces witnesses to turn hostile. Thus speedy justice is required to ensure civil rights of vulnerable classes of society, he said.

PTI


First Published: Monday, August 30, 2010, 23:48


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