PUDUCHERRY: Member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes P M Kamalamma on Tuesday urged the Pondicherry administration not to divert the funds allotted for Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan (SCSP) and requested to spend it only for the benefit of the Scheduled Castes.
Referring to a separate budget allocation made for fishermen, who constitute only three per cent of the population of the Union Territory, she requested the government to ensure separate allocation for the Scheduled Castes, who constitute 16 per cent of the population.
An NCSC member said police should ensure that cases should be booked under sections Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 when atrocities are raised against them and not under the Protection of Civil Rights (PCR) Act, 1955, which will not ensure adequate punishment for the perpetrators of the crime against Scheduled Caste.
The NCSC member revealed that she visited Uruvaiyur village, where large number of SC population resides. She said the houses do not have basic amenities, like drains, clean drinking water etc.
Kamalamma said the houses constructed for Scheduled Castes were yet to be allotted to them.
The NCSC member said she had visited the Pondicherry University and several issues were brought to her notice like the backlog system.
She said the university has been asked to submit a detailed report within a week on the issues raised.