SC/ST Commission to be set up in Rajasthan

In order to pacify the dissatisfied SC/ST employees in Rajasthan, who are bracing up to hold a mega rally at the state capital on December 6, the death anniversary of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, to protest against the anti-dalit policies of the Gehlot govt., the state govt. has decided to set-up a SC/ST Commission in Rajas than.

The decision came in the wake of simmering resentment among SC/ST employees over discrimination in appointment to govt. jobs and reported growing atrocities on dalits in the state. The joint action committee of scheduled caste and scheduled tribes em ployees is planning to launch a tirade against the Gehlot govt. in December ,which has belied its promises made in the Congress election manifesto.The BJP president Bangaru Laxman and the chairman of national SC/ST Commission Dileep Bhuria will be addressing the rally among other speakers. The state govt. decided to set-up a SC/ST Commission after dis cussing the issue at its nine hour long cabinet meeting specially held to review the performance of the govt. in the past two years. The Commission will consider service related complaints of scheduled caste and scheduled tribe employees besides reviewing welfare programmes for them, an official release here said. It was also decided that either the chairman or the vice chairman of the Comission will be appointed from among the Safai Mazdoor group.

The state cabinet also decided to set-up a four member committee headed by the finance minister to review all types of complaints pertaining to officers and employees belonging to the reserved categories. The minister for personnel, social welfare minister and relief minister will be the other members of this committee while the chief secretary and other senior officials will render the necessary assistance.

On the complaint of pradhans and other elected representatives belonging to scheduled caste and scheduled tribe that the offic ers don't cooperate with them, the state cabinet also decided to give specific directions to the concerned officers in this re gard. The district collectors will soon be asked to launch a campaign in their respective districts to resolve revenue matters of the SC/ST. The cabinet meeting also discussed the issue of TADA cases against people belonging to the reserved category. A review meeting will again be held in December to finalise with drawl of cases involving innocent people.

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