Wednesday, August 24, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits to rally for Bahujan Lokpal bill

Dalits to rally for Bahujan Lokpal bill

Last Updated : 24 Aug 2011

NEW DELHI: Complaining that Team Anna's Jan Lokpal bill lacks
representation from backward and minority communities, a Dalit
organisation will demonstrate Wednesday evening to push for a Bahujan
Lokpal bill.

The All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations has called for a
rally at India Gate at 5 p.m. for inclusion of representatives from
minority and backward classes in the process of formation of a
stringent anti-corruption law.

"The Dalit or minority communities together constitute 85 percent
population of the country but the Anna-led civil society does not
represent them. Yet it is claiming to be representative of the entire
country," said the organisation's leader Udit Raj.

He said the government's version of the Lokpal bill and Team Anna's
Jan Lokpal bill have shortcomings and draconian clauses.

"They need to be debated. As concerned citizens belonging to backward
and minority communities, we think that a Lokpal Bill must propose a
Lokpal, consisting of representative members from these communities,"
Raj said.

"It is important because the caste prejudices of the members would
work against the weak and vulnerable in the process of their work as
public functionaries. Even the members of the Lokpal may be subject to
such caste and religious prejudices," he added.

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