‘SC/ST act is not against upper caste’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Sep 2018 10:09:49


Special Correspondent,

Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale assured agitating upper caste members that Central Government would take necessary precautions to prevent misuse of Atrocity Act. The Parliament has recently amended the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 and now, it is impossible to change it as all the parties have unanimously passed it. He suggested upper caste communities that in-spite of opposing amendment in the Act, they should make friendship with them for stronger bonding for the healthy society.

Athawale was interacting with mediapersons at Ravi Bhavan on Thursday. It may be mentioned that upper caste members have called the Bharat Bandh opposing recent amendment in the SC/ST Act on Thursday.

Athawale said, this act will pave way to punish anti-social elements indulged in rape, murder and molestation of girls, women of SC/ST community. However, we will ensure that Act would not be misused by the beneficiaries community. The maximum cases of atrocity registered in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The cases of dispute between officers and employees were few. In Maharashtra, a DySP level officer registered case after primary inquiry, he added.

The Republican Party leader said that the party would knock the doors of Supreme Court against the directives of Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court to stop usage of Dalit word in the media.

Replying to a question, Athawale said, Modi Government will retain to power in the Lok Sabha elections slated in 2019. The NDA will win 300 seats in the elections as Opposition parties are not effective. The charisma of Modi still continues, he added. Bhupesh Thulkar, Dayal Bahadure, Bhimrao Bansod, R S Wankhede, Vinod Thul, Bhau Gondane, Balu Gharde and L K Madavi were present.

Bhupesh Thulkar to get Ministerial berth in Maharashtra

Athawale has suggested to give Ministerial berth to RPI leaders Bhupesh Thulkar and Avinash Mahatekar in Maharashtra Cabinet. He said, we have demanded six months ministership in rotation for both the leaders. He also asked for two corporations in State.

Athawale suggested that Shiv Sena and BJP should contest Lok Sabha and Assembly election in alliance. He sought two Parliament seats in Lok Sabha election including South Central Mumbai seat for himself. He will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and BJP State President Raosahab Danve in this regard.
He said, “Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar has established Republican Party on October 3, 1957. This year we will celebrate its foundation day in Thane.”