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Caste panel chief listens to complaints of discrimination

The schedule caste families of Tibbi village face a problem of sewerage disposal.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana |
February 22, 2011 2:59:22 am

The schedule caste (SC) families of Tibbi village face a problem of sewerage disposal. Their houses have been made,but no arrangement of sewer disposal has been made so far. The village panchayat is not interested to get any work done for these houses for reasons best known to it.

A complaint pertaining to the difference between the lower and the upper castes in this village came up before Niranjan Singh,Chairman of the SC Commission,Punjab who came to take stock of the problems of SCs today at Bachat Bhawan.

Not only Tibbi,a few other villages were also having similar problems. Singh said,“I received nearly 4-5 such complaints where the problem was due to rift within the villagers. This is indeed a serious issue. As per the problems of these residents,they are living a hell like situation with sewer water accumulating near the houses and it dries up with the passage of time. This is indeed dangerous. I have asked the officials to sort out such issues in villages which are health hazards for residents.”

ADC Pardeep Aggarwal was deputed to visit these villages and get the work started.

Singh said although this Commission was formed in 2004,it has received 5,079 complaints till now,of which only 1,811 have been settled while cases are going on in the rest of the complaints.

Complaint of atrocities on SCs number 3,265 while those regarding civil rights add up to 328,said Deputy Director of SC Commission,Bahadur Singh.

The Commission was set up with the aim to end casteism,but it is still existing,admitted Niranjan Singh,and a lot of time of officers is wasted in settling the caste based issues which come from rural as well as urban areas,he said.

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