MPs met Modi to discuss their concerns on SC/ST atrocities act

Vastavam web: A delegation of NDA’s SC and ST MPs, led by LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan and Union Social Justice Minister Thawarchand Gehlot, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss their concerns on the apex court judgement diluting provisions of the SC-ST atrocities act.The prime minister assured the delegation that the government was committed towards the welfare and development of Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST), said leaders who met him.

The Union minister, whose party is an NDA constituent, said he had mentioned this to the prime minister.There is not a single judge from the SC and ST communities in the Supreme Court, he said.Athawale, who addressed a press conference with Paswan, said all the MPs from the SC and ST communities are confident that the government would take appropriate action in the matter.”We have also raised the demand for reservation for SCs and STs in the private sector and also in promotions in the public sector,” he said.

The place from where the “Ganges of justice flows, there is not a single judge from the SC or ST community,” Paswan said.Both the union ministers are pressing for a review of the Supreme Court verdict on the order of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.Gehlot has written to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad recently about a review plea against the Supreme Court verdict. He noted that there are worries that the order will make the law “ineffective” and adversely impact the dispensation of justice to dalits and tribals.

On March 20, the Supreme Court diluted stringent provisions mandating immediate arrest under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities (POA) Act.