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Deadlock on over central panel’s review of Dalit welfare schemes

The deadlock between the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and the UP government over the date for full commission review of the Dalit welfare schemes in the state.

Written by Virendra Nath Bhatt | Lucknow |
March 6, 2011 3:17:33 am

The deadlock between the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and the UP government over the date for full commission review of the Dalit welfare schemes in the state.

The commission citing the budget session of the Parliament has rejected the four dates in March suggested by the Uttar Pradesh government.

The NCSC panel headed by the Congress MP,PL Punia,accuse the UP government of avoiding the full commission review while the state maintains it is ready for commission scrutiny.

The BSP-led government,in its bid to clip the Punia’s wings,has already amended the UP State Guest Rules 1961,to deny the protocol and other facilities to him during his visits to UP. Punia enjoys the status of Union Cabinet Minister.

“There is no point in holding the full commission review meeting with the UP government until all the relevant information is provided by the state government to the panel,” said Punia,adding “UP government is not providing information sought by the commission on Section 156 (3) of the Cr PC,where the FIR relating to atrocities on Dalits were lodged on the directives of the courts and the action taken by the state government on the complaints by Dalits.”.

On the review meetings,Punia said,“The UP government knows the chairman of the commission is an MP and budget session of the Parliament is underway. It is difficult for me to spare time for the review meeting,yet they deliberately suggested to hold meeting on March 4,11,16 and 24.”

On the other hand,the UP government maintains that it is ready for the review meeting as and when it suits the commission.

“We had suggested four dates to the commission in March. So far we have received no official communication from them. If they suggest some alternative dates then we are ready for that,” said Balvinder Kumar,Principal Secretary,Social Welfare,adding “We have furnished all the information on a questionnaire given to us by the commission. If they need some additional information then then there is no problem at our end to furnish it.”

In last four months,the review meetings have been postponed for five times. For the fifth time,the state government suggested four dates in March for review meeting which were rejected by the commission.

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