General category candidates were being recruited to fill the backlog of vacancies reserved for dalits in Madhya Pradesh,the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) said on Sunday.
“The Madhya Pradesh government since 2006 was recruiting general category people to fill the backlog of vacancies reserved for SCs which is violation of Article 16 (4-B) of the Constitution,” NCSC Chairman Buta Singh told reporters here.
“This negates the fundamental right,” he said,adding “we got to know about this two months ago and came to find out the truth.”
On NCSC visit to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s native village Jait in Sehore yesterday over reports that dalits were denied entry into temples there,he said “when we visited a temple close to Chouhan’s younger brother’s house,we found dalits worshipping along with others.”
“They told us they perform pooja between 8 am and 9 pm daily… but the moment we left the venue they too left,Singh said,adding the NCSC team has come to know that dalits were asked to remain in the temple as long as we were around.
“The show of the worshipping was stage managed,” he said.
Singh said dalit sarpanch of Shahganj village in Sehore,Santosh Ahirwar,was removed on a flimsy ground since the place now has got the status of Nagar Panchayat.
“Ahirwar has complained to us stating that he had been discriminated against after winning the sarpanch post,” he said.
Singh said the dalits have been denied their adequate reserved share of representation in the rural civic bodies elections in Madhya Pradesh.
Singh,along with commission member from Madhya Pradesh Mahendra Bodh,was on a two-day visit to the state.