SC/ST Commission to submit report in one month

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Hyderabad, Apr 18 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes Commission will submit its report to the State Government in a month, its chairman M Nagarjuna said today.

Addressing a press conference here, he said the government would table the report in the State Assembly along with the Action Taken Report (ATR) later.

The commission had recommended provision of jobs to rape victims of SC/ST community and provision of title deeds for tribals cultivating lands in forest areas.

Finding that the Dalits in many villages did not have burial grounds, he said he had included a recommendation in this regard in his report.

The commission wanted the government to ensure that periodic meetings were held at the grassroot level according to the relevant GO to end various forms of social discrimination, including denial of entry into temples and two-glass system, prevailing in the villages, Mr Nagarjuna said.

Taking a serious note of police allegedly registering counter cases while dealing with atrocities against the Dalits, he wanted the government to take stringent action against those perpetrating atrocities on them.

The commission had received 9,195 complaints last year, a majority of them relating to land disputes, and solutions were found in more than 50 per cent cases, he said.

To a question, Mr Nagarjuna said the commission would ensure justice to the tribal rape victims of Vakapalli village in Visakhapatnam.

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