New Delhi, Nov 2 (UNI) Former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajinder Sachar today said the government lacked commitment to implement policy to help Dalits and provide opportunities.
Addressing the Round Table on Dalits, Social Exclusion and Discrimination: Towards Inclusive Society, Justice Sachar said a monitoring committee should be formed to oversee implementation of government policies towards development of Dalits.
''People need to identify issues and prepare a long-term programme for their progress. Social inclusion is not a historical reality of today and unless society comes sit, eat and stay together, they cannot progress,'' Justice Sachar said.
For generations in the mind of India's policy makers, the Dalit has been more of a formula than a human being, organisers of the round table, National Conference of Dalit Organisations (NACDOR) said.
They continue to live the life of misery and exploitation. They remained something to be argued about, condemned or defended. They were either to be ''kept down'' or ''to be kept in place,'' or ''helped, '' it said.
Others who participated in the programme were -- Dr Yogendra Yadav, Centre for Studies of Developing Societies, Dr Sushila Zeitlyn, Senior Social Advisor DFID and Dr Meena Radhakrishna, Reader, Department of Sociology, Delhi University.