Lucknow, Sep 20 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh cabinet today reviewed the progress made by the state machinery towards dealing with crimes committed against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
The state cabinet, chaired by chief minister Mayawati, deliberated on the four-month performance of the government in dealing with the atrocities and excessess committed on members of SC and ST. The meeting was told that while the victmisation of SC and ST was at its peak during 2005 and 2006, there has been a marked decrease in such crimes during this year, particularly in the past four months.
This year, there was a sharp decline of 26 per cent in murders of SC and ST, 23.5 per cent drop in arson, 16.3 per cent in rape, 38 per cent in grievous injuries, 1.6 per cent decline in offences under Dalit Act and 40 per cent drop in cases under Civil Security Act as compared to whose recorded in the year 2006.
According to an official spokesman , the cabinet was of the view that the provisions under Dalit Act should be enforced strictly while ensuring against misuse of the Act. The Cabinet was apprised of the speedy progress of investigation of the cases registered for victimisation of SC and ST during the Mayawati government in the past four months.
The cabinet was informed that the process of filling up back log of the SC and ST in government jobs was in the last stage and the recruitment would be done in an earnest manner.
The UP government has also constituted a high level monitoring and review committee comprising people's representatives to monitor the effective implementation of Dalit Act.
The proper representation of SC, ST and Other Backwards Classess on the post of Station Officers and SHOs as per the rules is also being implemented, the cabinet was informed.
The UP Cabinet also put a top priority tag on ensuring the legal lease holders of the land were given 'pattas' of their holding and eliminating the illegal possession.