Tuesday, April 6, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Call to dissolve Mahadalit Commission as meeting with Buta turns unruly


Call to dissolve Mahadalit Commission as meeting with Buta turns unruly

Patna,(BiharTimes): The review meeting held on Monday under the
chairmanship of the National Commisson For Schedule Castes and
Schedule Tribes, Buta Singh, witnessed unruly scene after some of the
leaders questioned the constitutional validity of the setting up of
the Mahadalit Commission.

Former MLA, Om Prakash Paswan, even submitted a memorandum to the
chairman of the National Commisson For Schedule Castes and Schedule
Tribes demanding the dissolution of the Mahadalit Commission.

Another leader, Suresh Paswan, also raised the issue of the
constitution of the Mahadalit Commission. The ruling party leaders
present on the occasion strongly objected to this demand.

The memorandum submitted by Om Prakash Paswan also sought action
against the speaker of Bihar assembly, Uday Narayan Chaudhary, welfare
minister, Jitan Ram Manjhi, former minister, Shyam Rajak and
Vishwanath Rishidev on charges of dividing Dalit castes.

The memorandum accused the principal secretary, welfare department, K
P Ramaiah of participating in the Janata Dal United meetings but
denying scholarships, hostels, and appointment as 'Vikas Mitra' to
Paswan community.

He also alleged that Ramaiah refused to provide information when asked
as to under which Article of the Constitution was Mahadalit Commission
set up.

The services of Ramaiah should be reverted back to Centre the
memorandum said demanding action as per rules against him.

He also complained that 14 per cent Schedule Castes and 10 per cent
Schedule Tribes had been sent to Bihar Vidhan Parishad and Rajya Sabha
from independence to the advent of the Nitish Kumar government. But in
the last four years not a single Dalit or tribal has been sent to the
Upper Houses of Bihar and India when more than 40 got elected.

Paswan said that if the Commission failed to give him justice he would
seek it from the court. He said that there was a great conspiracy to
deny reservation to Dalits.

A copy of the memorandum was also sent to the home minister, P Chidambaram.


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