Thursday, April 21, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Act against atrocities on Dalits, officials told


Act against atrocities on Dalits, officials told

Staff Correspondent

Minister wants suo motu cases booked against perpetrators

'In many cases complainants lose interest after getting compensation'

Officials told to fully utilise funds allocated for welfare of Dalits

GIVING DIRECTIONS:A. Narayanaswamy, Minister for Social Welfare and
Prisons, at the Karnataka Development Programme review meeting in
Chitradurga on Tuesday.

Chitradurga: Minister for Social Welfare and Prisons A. Narayanaswamy
on Tuesday expressed displeasure over the failure of the Civil Rights
Enforcement Cell (CREC) to register suo motu cases against atrocities
on Dalits.

Chairing the review meeting of the Department of Social Welfare under
the Karnataka Development Programme here, Mr. Narayanaswamy said that
the cell, which is headed by the Superintendent of Police at the
district level, was empowered to take cognisance of such atrocities
and book cases against the accused.

The cell was also empowered to monitor the status of schemes launched
for the welfare of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities.
However, most of the officials were not even aware of such a cell or
its powers, he said and directed the official of the cell not to wait
till a complaint was filed but initiate action immediately after
coming across any case of atrocity.

Mr. Narayanaswamy was also unhappy with the poor rate of conviction in
cases of atrocities on Dalits. The district had recorded a mere 10 per
cent conviction in such cases. When the Minister sought to know the
reason for the low rate of conviction, Additional Superintendent of
Police U.P. Shivaramreddy said that in many cases witnesses had turned
hostile or the complainants lost interest in pursuing the case after
getting some compensation from the Government.

G.H. Tippareddy, MLC, who was present at the meeting, said that often
both the parties reached a compromise and that made it difficult for
the police to take the cases to their logical end.

While reviewing the utilisation of funds allocated to city and town
municipalities for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes and the
Scheduled Tribes, the Minister was shocked to know that none of the
municipalities had spent even 50 per cent of the funds.

The Minister took the officials to task for not making proper use of
the funds and instructed them to spend the entire allocation within a
year, without allowing it to be carried over to next year.

Stating that his Ministry was ready to grant funds for the
construction of Ambedkar, Babu Jagjivan Ram and Valmiki bhavans, he
directed the Municipal Commissioner to identify land for the purpose.

Mr. Narayanaswamy asked the official to identify beneficiaries for
providing sites to the landless poor in Chitradurga and submit a
detailed report to him at the earliest.


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