The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has accused the BJP of slow implementation of schemes and laws related to welfare of scheduled castes in Himachal Pradesh. The Commission sought reports from the government on some of the key schemes introduced and funded by the Centre.
The Commission held a review meeting with the governments top officials in Shimla on Tuesday. It also met some other delegations that briefed the Commission about the backlog in and lack of implementation of the 85th Constitutional Amendment providing for reservations in appointments and promotions in the state.
P L Punia,MP and chairman of the body said that complaints of untouchability and atrocities on scheduled castes continued to be received. Though the government has denied allegations of untouchability in some places,the ban on entry of SCs into certain temples and the refusal to register FIRs pertaining to atrocities against SCs in certain places need to be probed,he said. Punia said that SCs made up about 25 per cent of the population of the state,but the reservation was only 15 per cent,and even in that there was a huge backlog of 21,000 posts in which the reservation was yet to be enforced.