UP government failed to check atrocities against Dalits: Punia
Criticising Uttar Pradesh government for its alleged inaction in
checking atrocities against Dalits, chairman of National Commission
for Scheduled Castes 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," P.L. Punia, Chairman of National Commission for
Scheduled Castes said here.
Advocating for reservation in private sector and in judiciary, Mr.
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
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
Mr. 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,"
During his two-day visit, which concluded on Wednesday, Mr. Punia held
discussions with officers to review the condition of Dalits.
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