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`UP government failed to check atrocities against Dalits`

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 18:39

Jaipur: Criticising Uttar Pradesh government
for its alleged inaction in checking atrocities against
dalits, chairman of National Commission for SC on Wednesday alleged
that there is pressure from authorities to not register cases.

"In Uttar Pradesh, no action is taken against dalit
atrocities under the pressure from the state government.
Primarily, no case is registered and if the case is
registered, no action is taken against the culprits," PL
Punia, chairman of National Commission for SC said here.

Advocating for reservation in private sector and in
judiciary, Punia said that the reservation should be
introduced in private sector considering shortage of
government jobs.
"There is now shortage of government jobs in the
country so a reservation pattern should be introduced in
private sectors also for the upliftment of needy people," he
said at a press conference here.

"Reservation should also be implemented in judiciary
and the system of reservation in promotion in services should
also be maintained," he said.

Informing that eight new offices of the commission,
including one at Jaipur, would be opened in the country after
cabinet`s approval, he said that those offices will surely
strengthen the functioning of the commission.
Punia expressed satisfaction over conviction rate in
dalit atrocity cases in the Rajasthan.

"Rajasthan has a good conviction rate, about 45 per cent,
in dalit atrocity cases while in some states, it is only three
per cent. Though the conviction rate in Rajasthan is good, it
can be improved further," he said.

During his two-day visit, which concluded today, Punia
held discussions with officers to review the condition of


First Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 18:39
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