Sentiments of dalits did not find place in media

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New Delhi, Dec 11 (UNI) Chairman of the All India Confederation of SC and ST Organisations, Udit Raj today criticised the media for not giving adequate coverage to the Dalit's rally held.

Thousands of educated people, representing the sentiments of crores of people, had participated in the rally. However, it did not recieved adequate coverage in the media, Mr Raj said.

He also refuted that the traffic chaos and collapse in Delhi yesterday was due to the Guru Tegh Bahadur martrydom day procession.

''The fact is the chaos was due to the dalit's rally from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in which lakhs of people participated. There was complete traffic at ITO, K G Marg, Connaught Place, Barakhamba Road, Daryaganj, Bahadurshah Zafar Marg and Karol Bagh due to this rally,''Mr Raj said.

He said due to the indifferent and callous attitude of the media, people who had come to the rally suddenly got excited and assembled on the road near Ambedkar Bhawan due to which some vehicles got damaged.

Mr Udit Raj said yesterday's rally saw a large number of SC/ST employees, officers and others from all over the country assemble at Ramlila Maidan and then proceeding to Parliament to press for their demands.

Agitators pressed for reservation in the private sector, enactment of the Reservation Act, filling up of backlog vacancies and reservation in the judiciary and the armed forces at the mammoth rally.

Addressing the rally, Mr Udit Raj lamented that the UPA government had done nothing significant for the upliftment of dalits during its tenure so far.

In a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he urged the government to enact the Reservation Act without delay and wondered why it had not been passed even after the Standing Committee headed by E M Sudarsana Nachiyappan had submitted its report in Parliament in 2005.

In the memorandum, he also lamented that when reservation existed for law making and enforcing institutions, why it was not provided in the judiciary as well. ''Out of a total of 610 judges, only 20 belong to Dalit community.'' All judicial services should be introduced as provided under Article 312 of the Constitution to ensure participation of dalits and tribals in higher judiciary, he demanded, alleging that the present system had given rise to corrupt judges like former Chief Justice of India Y K Sabharwal.


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