Law to prevent SC, ST atrocities to be made more stringent


Assuring the Lok Sabha that the government would make law more
stringent to prevent atrocities against SC and ST, Home Minister P
Chidambaram today said the principal responsibility was with the
states to implement these laws.

“We will make the law more stringent and if needed, bring amendments
in the Act (SC&ST Prevention of Atrocities Act),” he said replying to
a discussion on situation arising out of increasing atrocities against
SC and ST.

He said, “In my view, the principal responsibility is with the state
governments to implement these laws. The state government must post SC
and ST officials where the people are vulnerable.”

About reservation in jobs for SC and ST, the minister said, “Since
1950...government is totally committed to reservation of SC, ST and
OBC in jobs. In UPA—I, we have cleared a backlog of 54,000 vacancies.
We would come up with another drive to fill the vacancies reserved for
SC and ST.”

He said, “This is the most vulnerable country (as far civil rights of
SC and ST are concerned)...we can’t call ourselves we
treat our SC, ST and women.”

About fund allocations for the welfare of SC and ST, he said, “The
ministries give details of funds allocated for SC and ST and the
schemes under which they partially benefited.”

“Some ministries are not doing so. The Planning Commission has
constituted a committee for the purpose. Once the committee submits
its reports, all ministries would follow the same pattern of giving
details of funds allocated for SC and ST.”

The minister pointed out that one of the reasons for atrocities
against SC and ST is that they are getting prosperous day by day.
“This has also created problems,” he said.

He also said the delay in justice results in disappearance of evidence
and forces witnesses to turn hostile. Thus speedy justice is required
to ensure civil rights of vulnerable classes of society, he said.


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