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SC Commission needed at state level: Punia

Ranchi, Feb. 3: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes chairman P L Punia on Wednesday said that the Schedule Caste Commission should be constituted at the state level to improve the economic conditions of the Scheduled Caste people.

According to Punia, the state needs to work on different policies to connect people belonging to the SC community with those policies and get them benefited. Puniya was addressing the media at Project Building after the review meeting of welfare schemes implemented in the state.

Punia discussed various issues related to the development of the SCs in the meeting and mentioned that the SC population in the state is 12 per cent, but only 10 per cent are getting the benefit of reservation. Emphasizing that this data should be increased, Punia said, “The performance of police department in resolving cases related to SCs is not satisfactory.

The average is also below the national average and this is of great concern.”

He said that he will suggest the state govt. to make a policy regarding the large number of seats reserved for SC students at universities remain vacant every year and also to simplify the process of SC scholarship given by various educational institutions.

He said that the state government must formulate a separate policy for the development of SCs. Construction of separate hostels for SCs was ensured in the meeting. In the light of the order of Supreme Court directives, exclusive courts should be set up at the district level for dealing with the pending cases related to SCs.

It was also decided in the meeting that the proposal for SC idols hostels and specific places on the name of SC idols will be made soon. He said that various private educational institutions under the Education Act should comply with the rules of the 25 per cent of reservation for SC and the government should take proper steps in this direction.

At the meeting, the various departments have given power point presentation on the efforts being done at departmental level.

The meeting of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes Prince Verke, vice-president Raju Parmar, chief secretary, Government of Jharkhand Rajiv Guba, DGP DK Pandey, principal secretary (Personnel, Administrative Reforms and Rajbasha) Ratan Kumar, principal secretary (Forest & Department of Environment) Sukhdev Singh, principal secretary (Urban Development Department) Arun Kumar Singh, principal secretary (Rural Development) N N Sinha, principal secretary (Finance Department) Amit Khare, Welfare Department secretary Rajiv Arun Ekka, Education Department secretary Aradhana Patnaik, secretary (Food Supplies and Consumer Affairs) Vinay Kumar, secretary (Department of Land and Revenue) K K Sone along with principal secretaries/ secretaries and officials of different department were present.

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