Chandigarh, August 11 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal today directed the Police Department to promptly register cases of atrocities, if any, committed against members belonging to Scheduled Castes and in case of any laxity on the part of Police, the victim or the aggrieved person should immediately contact the Deputy Commissioner concerned.
The Chief Minister, who was presiding over a meeting of State Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee constituted under Rule 16 of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Rule,1995, here today, said that such cases should be given top priority as these call for immediate action.
He said that the present State Government is sensitive towards the rights of the Scheduled Castes and is also committed to ensure their safety.
He also announced to increase the legal assistance being given to the members belonging the Scheduled Castes for defending cases against ejectment from land and protection against exploitation by landlords from Rs 5,500 to Rs 11,000.
Minister of State for Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Mr Krishan Kumar Bedi said that State Government is ensuring the effective implementation of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. Meetings of state level vigilance and monitoring committee and district level vigilance and monitoring committees are being held regularly in the state.
It was also informed in the meeting that financial assistance is provided to the members belonging to Scheduled Castes who become victims of atrocities under the SCs/STs Act. As many as 74 persons have been assisted so far with financial assistance of Rs 60.84 lakh in current year. Similarly, under Mukhyamantri Samajik Samrasta Antarjatiya Vivah Shagun Yojna, financial assistance of Rs 1.01 lakh is being provided. Under this scheme, 112 beneficiaries have been assisted with financial assistance of Rs 56.23 lakh upto June 30 during 2016-17.
Others present in the meeting included Chief Secretary Mr D.S. Dhesi, Director General of Police Mr K.P. Singh, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr Rakesh Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary Higher Education Mr Vijay Vardhan, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Mr Ram Niwas, Additional Chief Secretary School Education, Mr P.K. Das, Principal Secretary Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Mr T.C. Gupta and other senior officers as well as members of the committee.