Friday, September 2, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit leaders to meet Singhvi with their Lokpal draft

Dalit leaders to meet Singhvi with their Lokpal draft
TNN | Sep 2, 2011, 02.49AM IST

Abhishek Singhvi, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on
law and justice.
NEW DELHI: There is now a fourth Lokpal draft that the standing
committee may need to consider. A delegation led by Udit Raj, chairman
of the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations, will meet
Abhishek Singhvi, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on
law and justice to hand over a copy of the Bahujan Lokpal Bill - their
version of the legislation for an anti-corruption ombudsman. The bill,
according to Raj, will address issues of corruption pertaining
specifically to the socially deprived classes.

"The most important demand that we are making is that there should be
representation of dalits, minorities and backward classes in the
Lokpal to ensure that socially victimized are not made victims in
this. We are also demanding that embezzlement of funds meant for
uplift of dalits, backward classes and tribals should be included in
the ambit of corruption. Huge amounts of money are released for
schemes like the Special Component Plan and the Sub-tribal Plan which
is misutilised, embezzled or returned unspent," Raj said.

He demanded that the Bahujan Lokpal Bill too should be looked at by
the panel before pronouncing its recommendations on the Lokpal draft.
Dalit activists and some sections of Muslims have been upset with the
Anna Hazare movement because of lack of representation from the
communities and they even held a protest rally at India Gate during
the fast. To counter this perception, Team Anna chose a dalit and a
Muslim girl to help Hazare break his fast on Sunday.

"The existing versions do not take into account issues pertaining to
dalits and minorities. That is the lacuna that we hope our bill will
fill," Raj added.

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