Thursday, August 25, 2011

[ZESTCaste] SC/ST/OBC, Minorities want share in Lokpal process

SC/ST/OBC, Minorities want share in Lokpal process

Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:40

NEW DELHI: The Concerned Citizens of India for Social Justice has
called upon the government to include the representatives of
Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Others Backward Class and Minorities
in formation of a comprehensive Lokpal Bill.

"Government's version "Lokpal" and Team Anna's "Jan Lokpal" have short
comings and draconian clauses. They need to be debated" it said.

In a Joint Statement Concerned Civil Societies said that a concerned
citizens belonging to SC/ST/OBC and Minority communities, they thought
that a Lokpal Bill must propose a Lokpal, consisting representative
member from SCs, STs, OBCs and Minority religious communities.

They said that the presence of the representative of SC, ST, OBC and
minority communities 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 are subject to such caste and
religious prejudices" the statement said.

"Within the Lokpal there should be checks and balances. As we are
aware that in this country caste and religion is important agencies
that aid and abet corruption and also checkmate it. It is, therefore,
important that the Lokpal should have members coming from the SC, ST,
OBC and Minority communities to balance it with a principle of social

The Government Bill proposes that the selection committee will consist
of 5 members of which 3 will be the Government nominees and 2 will
come from the civil society. In effect the Government selects the
Lokpal. "This method of selection must change".

The concerned civil societies, totally disagree with selection
committee recommended by the Government and also Team Anna. 'They do
not represent SC/ST/OBC and minorities and the bill will be bias to
address the corruption based on social and justice'.

They said that while accepting the conditions of looking at the
integrity aspect of individuals being drawn into the Lokpal, the
social justice principles must be followed in Lokpal as well as the
Selection Committee.

The concerned civil societies also objected Team Anna's absolute claim
of civil society representing whole nation. "The supporters are upper
caste, middle class and elites, who do not represent 85% of SC/ST/OBC
and minorities. Such movement is threat to Indian secularism and

The signatories include Dr. Udit Raj– National Chairman of All India
Confederation of SC/ST Organizations, Prof. Kancha Ilaiah - Director
for the study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Maulana Azad
National Urdu University, Hyderabad, Dr. Joseph D'souza, President of
All India Christian Council, Dr. John Dayal – Member of National
Integration Council, Vidhya Bhushan Rawat – Director of Social
Development Foundation, Sunil Sardar – Director of Truth Seeker
International and Madhu Chandra – Spokesperson of North East Support
Centre & Helpline


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