Sunday, January 30, 2011

[ZESTCaste] NCSC again suggests date for review of Dalit schemes

NCSC again suggests date for review of Dalit schemes
Virendra Nath Bhatt Posted online: Sun Jan 30 2011, 07:19 hrs
Lucknow : For the fourth time in three months, the National Commission
for Schedule Castes (NCSC) has suggested a date to the UP Government
for a review of the various schemes for the welfare of Dalits and
their security. The commission has suggested February 8 for the
exercise this time.

"The commission has communicated the date to the UP government and we
are waiting for their consent. On the past three occasions, the UP
government cited one or the other problem and requested for another
date. Let us see what is their response this time," said PL Punia,
commission chairman, who is also Congress MP from Barabanki.

Asked if the UP government seeks another postponement, Punia said, "If
the UP government says they do not believe in the Indian Constitution,
then the commission can do nothing. We will make a mention of the
conduct of the UP government in our report which is submitted to the
President of India every year. The commission may also public the
record of our communication with the UP government on this matter."

Punia alleged that the UP government was reluctant on the review as it
would expose the pathetic state of affairs prevailing in UP, be it
rampant corruption in the implementation of the welfare schemes for
the SCs or the incidents of atrocities on Dalits under the BSP rule.

According to Punia, UP topped in incidents of atrocities on Dalits at
the national level and this was confirmed by the figures furnished by
the state government to the National Crime Records Bureau. However,
the UP government had claimed that it was incorrect. "The fact is that
poor Dalits have to seek the intervention of courts for lodging FIRs
against their tormentors," he said.

During the proposed review, the commission would ask the state
government to furnish information about matters including the status
of reservation for SCs in state services and utilisation of funds from
the Special Component Plan, Punia said.


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