Centre to amend SC/ST Act

Govt will amend the act to enhance compensation,reduce pendency of cases,and increase the rate of conviction.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 20, 2010 2:38 am

The government on Thursday announced that it would amend the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act,1989 to enhance compensation,reduce pendency of cases,and increase the rate of conviction.

“The government has initiated the process…. Some states have communicated their suggestions to the government while we are waiting for the response of others. After completion of the consultation process,we will bring the required amendments,” Minister for Social Juctice and Empowerment Mukul Wasnik told Lok Sabha during his intervention on the short duration discussion on atrocities against Dalits and tribals.

Wasnik’s response came amid MPs of various parties taking indirect swipes at each other for failing to prevent atrocities against Dalits and tribals — refraining from taking names of political parties or state governments under them.

BJP’s Gopinath Munde took a swipe at UPA government for rise in atrocities against Dalits between 2004 and 2008 when crimes rose from about 27,000 in 2004 to about 34,000 in 2008. He demanded that the PM convene a meeting of CMs to address the issue.

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