Atrocities against SCs maximum in MP, UP: Buta Singh

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Chandigarh, Sep 8 (UNI) National Commission for Scheduled Castes Chairman Buta Singh said Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh had the worst record with respect to the atrocities against the Scheduled Caste people.

Talking to reporters here, he said there were ''no limits'' in these two states as far as the atrocities against the Scheduled Caste (SC) people were concerned. He said no reports were also registered in most of the cases in these states.

Dr Buta Singh was in the town to review the implementation of various schemes being implemented by the Haryana government for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes people.

Regarding Haryana, he said Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was very responsive to the problems of the Scheduled Caste people but the state bureacracy did not act promptly to redress them.

He pointed out that Haryana had delayed the implementation of article 64 A of the 85th amendment of the constitution regarding reservation in promotions for the scheduled caste (SC) people.

While the implementation of the 85th amendment was to me made from 1995 onwards, Haryana implemented it only in 2005, causing loss to thousands of people who even retired without availing the due benefits of promotion.

''This implementation should have been made at least in 2002 when the relevant act was notified,'' he added.

He said he had demanded an explanation from the Department of Personnel in this regard.

Dr Buta Singh said the Commission would suggest ways to implement the reservation policy in promotion.

He also pointed out certain cases in the state when SC people were dispossessed of their place of residence without being properly rehabilitated.

He, however, appreciated various welfare schemes launched by the Haryana government for the scheduled caste people, including allotment of free plots.

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