For the fourth time in three months,the National Commission for Schedule Castes (NCSC) has suggested a date to the UP Government for a review of the various schemes for the welfare of Dalits and their security. The commission has suggested February 8 for the exercise this time.
The commission has communicated the date to the UP government and we are waiting for their consent. On the past three occasions,the UP government cited one or the other problem and requested for another date. Let us see what is their response this time, said PL Punia,commission chairman,who is also Congress MP from Barabanki.
Asked if the UP government seeks another postponement,Punia said,If the UP government says they do not believe in the Indian Constitution,then the commission can do nothing. We will make a mention of the conduct of the UP government in our report which is submitted to the President of India every year. The commission may also public the record of our communication with the UP government on this matter.
Punia alleged that the UP government was reluctant on the review as it would expose the pathetic state of affairs prevailing in UP,be it rampant corruption in the implementation of the welfare schemes for the SCs or the incidents of atrocities on Dalits under the BSP rule.
According to Punia,UP topped in incidents of atrocities on Dalits at the national level and this was confirmed by the figures furnished by the state government to the National Crime Records Bureau. However,the UP government had claimed that it was incorrect. The fact is that poor Dalits have to seek the intervention of courts for lodging FIRs against their tormentors, he said.
During the proposed review,the commission would ask the state government to furnish information about matters including the status of reservation for SCs in state services and utilisation of funds from the Special Component Plan,Punia said.