The nationwide commissions mandated to safeguard the rights of the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and sanitation employees have been headless for months as a result of the Union authorities is but to nominate new workplace bearers to steer the three our bodies.
The Nationwide Fee for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) and Nationwide Fee for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) are constitutional our bodies and the Nationwide Fee for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK) was constituted as a statutory physique by an Act of Parliament.
NCSC has been headless for the previous 4 months; the highest positions have been vacant in NCST and NCSK for longer.
The time period of the NCSC workforce led by its chairperson, Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) chief and former MP Ram Shankar Katheria resulted in Could. Its vice-chairperson L Murugan has since been appointed because the president of the BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit.
BJP’s Nand Kumar Sai’s time period as chairperson of NCST got here to an finish in February. BJP Gujarat chief Manhar Valjibhai Zala’s time period because the chairperson of NCSK resulted in April.
A authorities functionary conscious of the main points stated no conferences have been held to debate potential replacements to go the constitutional our bodies which have the powers to analyze and monitor all issues regarding the safeguards supplied for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes underneath the Structure.
NCSC and NCST even have the mandate to inquire into particular complaints with respect to the deprivation of the rights of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
“Whereas the state governments and the Centre take motion in opposition to atrocities in opposition to Dalits; the intervention of the fee is important and reassuring in case there may be any laxity in probes or registering complaints. The fee additionally follows up with making certain compensation is paid to the victims,” stated a former NCSC functionary, requesting anonymity.
Two latest acts of sexual assault and violence in opposition to Dalits have been reported from Uttar Pradesh — an alleged gang-rape of a 19-year-old Dalit girl in Hathras on September 14, who died in a New Delhi hospital on Tuesday; and the demise of 22-year outdated Dalit lady from Balrampur on Wednesday, after being raped and brutalised.
This isn’t the primary time that NCSC has been with out a chairperson. After the time period of PL Punia as its chairperson resulted in October 2016; Katheria was appointed to the constitutional physique solely in Could 2017.
Bhalchandra Mungekar, a former Rajya Sabha MP from the Congress, stated, “…the formation of the fee is a statutory obligation. Their annual studies are tabled in Parliament together with the motion taken studies by the federal government. Insensitivity to points confronting the schedule castes is opposite to the slogan of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas.’ SCs are probably the most disadvantaged sections not solely economically but in addition socially, culturally, educationally and politically.”