SC Commission shows unhappiness over backlog appointments in HP

SC Commission shows unhappiness over backlog appointments in HP

Shimla/June 19

The National Commission for scheduled castes has taken a serious note of tardy implementation of programmes, polices and laws for welfare of scheduled castes in Himachal and asked the government to do more serious efforts for the upliftment of these underprivileged castes.

The Commission which held the review meeting and discussed various issues pertaining to welfare of scheduled castes with officials, MLAs and other concerned was unhappy with the government to clear the backlog of appointments, not giving the benefit of reservation in promotions and not providing 25 per cent reservation in jobs in proportion to their population.

Addressing the media after the review meeting, the chairman of the commission P.L.Punia said that complaints of atrocities on scheduled castes and untouchability continued to pour in. Though the government has denied the allegations of untouchability in some places, ban into entry of SCs into temples and FIR not being registered in cases pertaining atrocities on SCs, we want the matter to be probed and wish that the allegations were proved wrong.

He said that the SC population was 25 per cent in Himachal but the reservation was only 15 per cent and even in that there was a huge backlog of 21,000 posts.

He alleged that the government was not implementing the 85th Constitutional amendment providing for reservations in promotions and misleading the people on this issue.

Punia said that the state government has earmarked 25 per cent of the budget for scheduled castes under scheduled caste component plan but in actual practice this sum was not being spent on welfare of scheduled exclusively and utilised for other purposes. He said that the Commission also took notice of contractual appointments

“We have clearly told the government to make regular appointments only and clear the backlog” he added. Punia said that the commission also met eight MLAs who also raised the issues of atrocities on SCs and non implementation of reservation quota barring the SCs from entering the temples at some places. He said that the Commission would soon give its report in respect of Himchal to the government and hoped that the promises and assurances made by the government would be implemented before the next review meeting.

Punia alleged that the vigilance cells constituted for looking into the complaints  at state and district level were also not functioning properly in the state and no regular meeting were being held. He adviced the state government to issue directions the all concerned officers to hold meeting regularly.