The state government will constitute separate commissions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes soon. Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy informed Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment P Balram Naik of the government’s decision at a review meeting held here on Monday.
The post of the chairman of the present SC and ST Commission has been vacant for several years. When Naik pointed it out at a state-level high-power vigilance and monitoring committee meeting on the Prevention of Atrocities on SCs/STs Act at the Secretariat, the chief minister said the state was planning to form two separate commissions for SCs and STs and then appoint two chairmen. The Union minister welcomed the decision.
FALSE CASES: When officials said that around 25 per cent of the cases of atrocities on SC and STs were false, the CM directed the DGP to look into the matter. “Because of some social pressures false cases were registered,” an official said after the meeting.
With the number of false cases rising alarmingly, the police department has been asked to depute an SP-rank officer to inquire into the veracity of the cases. Hitherto a DSP-rank officer has been entrusted with the task of inquiring into such cases. As of now, 5,956 atrocity cases under the SC/ST Act are pending in the state. Of those, 1,076 cases were filed last year. Most of the cases related to land disputes, abuse in the name of caste and outrage of modesty. But only in 116 cases were the accused convicted.