SC/ST Bill to be tabled in Parliament: Rajnath

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Aug 2018 09:37:50


New Delhi,

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said, a Bill to amend the SC/ST Atrocities Prevention Act, approved by Cabinet on Wednesday, will be introduced in Parliament in the ongoing session for consideration and passage.

The Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, asked why the ordinance route was not adopted in this "important" case when the Government brought six ordinances in several other bills. "I am surprised... I don't know why the members are raising this issue now. I think they are aware and they have the knowledge that the Union Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill," Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour. He said the country knew that the SC had diluted the SC/ST Act through its ruling that a preliminary enquiry was required to arrest any person even under the SC/ST Act meant for preventing atrocities against those covered under the Act.