Wednesday, January 12, 2011

[ZESTCaste] UP govt denying 23% quota to SC: Punia

UP govt denying 23% quota to SC: Punia
TNN, Jan 11, 2011, 09.32pm IST

VARANASI: Alleging that the UP government had failed to provide the
prescribed 23% quota to scheduled castes in government services,
chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) PL
Punia claimed it was also misutilising the funds meant for the dalit.

Talking to media on Monday evening, Punia said as per the ratio of the
scheduled castes in the total population of the state, a provision had
been made to reserve 23% seats in government services. However, in
class-I only 12% seats had been filled with SC candidates while in
class-II and class-III the situation was no better as 15% and 17%
seats respectively had been given to the SC candidates.

In class-IV, the state government had claimed that 34% seats had been
given to SC candidates, said Punia. But, he said there were orders not
to include the figures of safai workers in the reserved seats of this
class and the state government had included them in the same 34%. "If
the figures of safai employees are separated from this 34%, it can be
found that the state government has not ensured the implementation of
the orders in this class as well," Punia claimed.

Misutilisation of funds reserved for dalit population in the Special
Component Plan (SCP) was also a cause of serious concern for the NCSC
chairman. He said the Delhi government had spent Rs 748 crore of SCP
in the preparations of the Commonwealth Games despite the fact that
the fund should have been utilised for dalits only. The fund was spent
in works like flyover construction, stadium and road construction as
well as gardening, he said. After the commission took a serious note
of it, he said, the Delhi government returned the fund.

"The UP government is also misutilising this fund," said Punia and
added SCP fund was being spent in creating five medical colleges in
the state at Jalaun, Kannoj, Saharanpur, Ambedkar Nagar and Banda. The
SCP fund was also being used in homoeopathy hospitals and in
increasing facilities at animal husbandry department. He said how was
the dalit population going to be benefited by that? "It should be made
clear whether only dalit students would be admitted to those medical
colleges or only dalits would be treated there," he pointed out.

Punia said report of the UP government had revealed that there had
been an increase of 24% in cases of atrocities against dalit in 2010.
He said provisions had also been made to provide compensation to
dalits in cases of crime committed against them but the Mayawati
government was not showing any interest in giving compensation to the
victims. He said his UP visits had irked the chief minister as he
created awareness among dalits about their rights.

Punia also delivered a special lecture on social cohesion and national
development organised by the social science faculty of Banaras Hindu
University on Tuesday. He said the commission had taken a serious note
of the suicide committed by Laxman Prasad of Jhansi after humiliation
by Rakhi Sawant in a reality show of a television channel. He said
that she had been summoned by the commission and a notice had been
served upon her.

Punia also attended a camp organised by the Peoples Vigilance
Committee on Human Rights in Badalpur to create awareness among the
scheduled tribes on Tuesday afternoon.

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