Create separate Ministry for SC: Balasundaram

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New Delhi, Sep 26 (UNI) All India Ambedkar People's Movement today submitted a memorandum to National Commission for Scheduled Castes Chairman Buta Singh, demanding creation of a separate Ministry for the Scheduled Castes as part of the efforts to end untouchability and ensure economic development of the community.

In the 12-page memorandum, submitted by the movement's founder leader Dr V Balasundaram, there are a number of other demands, including reservation for SCs and STs in the private sector.

''We are quite sure that the government would take immediate action in this regard and come out with positive decision expeditiously, since private sector is only a government-assisted sector with tax payers money,'' the movement said.

Any economic reform should have social justice as fundamental basis, Mr Balasundaram told reporters.

He said he had also sought appointments with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to press the demands.

It was regrettable that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi had failed to meet the movement leaders despite several requests.

Necessary legislation should be enacted to attach the properties of perpetrators of atrocities against SCs and STs and there was need for setting up special courts to try cases relating to such crimes.

Immediate steps should be taken to appoint adequate number of SCs and STs as judges at all levels of judiciary including High Courts and the Supreme Court.

UNI

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