Saturday, September 3, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit groups submit their version of Lokpal bill

2 Sep, 2011, 09.43PM IST, IANS
Dalit groups submit their version of Lokpal bill

NEW DELHI: Representatives of Dalit, tribal and minority groups Friday
submitted a draft of what they called the Bahujan Lokpal bill to
Parliamentary standing committee chairman Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

They have been protesting their lack of representation in both the
government and civil society versions of the Lokpal bill.

"There are differences on certain points of the Jan Lokpall bill and
also the methodology adopted by Anna Hazare and his team," All India
Confederation of SC/ST Organisations chairman Udit Raj said.

"Because of the composition of Hazare's team, Dalits, tribals and
minorities were left with no option but to float their own version,"
he added.

According to Udit Raj, the Indian society is not only caste-ridden but
multi-cultural and multi-religious too, and so each community needs to
be represented.

"We support the bill prepared by Aruna Roy and also demand that
corporate houses, NGOs and the media be brought under the ambit of the
Lokpal bill," Udit Raj said.

Their version of the bill, according to him, would also ensure that
enquiry proceedings against these groups are monitored by government

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