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Ahead of elections, UP govt gives assent to include 17 Other Backward Castes in SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Playing the caste card ahead of Assembly elections, the Akhilesh Yadav government on Thursday gave its assent to include 17 Other Backward Castes in the Scheduled Castes (SC) list.A Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday morning cleared the proposal in this regard, officials said.The proposal, considered to be aimed at wooing the OBCs in the coming elections, will now be sent to the Centre for clearance, they said. The 17 sub-castes which the government wants included in the SC category are Kahar, Kashyap, Kewat, Nishad, Bind, Bhar, Prajapati, Rajbhar, Batham, Gaur, Tura, Majhi, Mallah, Kumhar, Dheemar and Machua.Earlier in March 2013, the Uttar Pradesh Assembly had passed a resolution asking the Centre to include 17 castes of the state into the list of Scheduled Castes (SC) category.In the resolution presented by Social Welfare Minister Avdhesh Prasad and passed by the voice vote in the House, it was stated that in a detailed study by UP SC/ST Research and Training Institute, these 17 castes have been found ‘deserving’ to be included in the list of Scheduled Castes (SC).The Mulayam Singh Yadav government too had passed the resolution in the state Cabinet in February 2004 and had sent recommendation to the Centre for inclusion of these castes in SC list in December 2004.Later, Mulayam went ahead and issued a government order on October 10, 2005 giving SC benefits to these castes, which was, however, struck down by the High Court.Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are likely to be held early next year.

AAP doesn’t have money to fight election: Arvind Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aam Aadmi Party does not have money to fight election despite running Delhi government, AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal has said.”It would look odd but it is true that despite a one-and-half year of governance in Delhi, AAP does not have money to fight election. I can show you my bank account, even party does not have money,” Kejriwal told a group of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes members in South Goa last evening.However, AAP has already begun campaigning for the forthcoming Punjab and Goa polls.”When we contested in Delhi, it is the people who fought the election. AAP is a platform for everyone to fight for their better future,” the Delhi Chief Minister said.He said similar should be situation in Goa where local people will fight the polls.Kejriwal said if AAP gets elected in the state, there will not be a “high command” culture.”Goans will govern in Goa. That is why even the (poll) manifesto is being drafted by Goans. I will not dictate manifesto, people of Goa will decide,” he said.The Delhi CM said his visits to Goa are “only to understand the issues”.On the alleged rampant sale of narcotics in Goa, he said “if the state government wants, the drugs can stop in Goa in next one hour”.He alleged that the nexus between drug peddlers, policemen and politicians has kept the trade alive.”Money is being paid to politicians through policemen,” he claimed.

Karunanidhi asks Modi to include Dalit Christians, fishermen in SC/ST list

Chennai: DMK President M Karunanidhi on Sunday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include Dalit Christians and the fishermen community in Scheduled Tribes (ST) list.

Thanking Modi for the cabinet’s recent decision to include the Narikuravars in the list of Scheduled Tribes, he said it was a demand made by DMK for a very long time and expressed satisfaction that it had been fulfilled.

M Karunanidhi. ReutersM Karunanidhi. Reuters

M Karunanidhi. Reuters

On his demand for including Dalit Christians in the SC/ST category, Karunanidhi said, “when SC/STs convert themselves to Christianity, they are deprived of all the privileges and concessions hitherto enjoyed by them. DMK has been demanding that the SC/STs after conversion to Christianity should be treated as SC/STs and allowed all concessions and privileges,” he said, adding there were precedents such as recognition of Sikh Christians and Buddhist Christians.

He also said the fishermen community should be included in the ST category as marine tribes. “The fishermen community, by their very geographical nature, is socially and educationally akin to the Scheduled Tribes.”

Their inclusion in ST list, which they “deserve in all respects”, would enable them to climb up the ladder of life, Karunanidhi said.

Karunanidhi requested Modi to “consider the two demands and sought an early action by the government.”

Last week, the Union Cabinet gave its approval for inclusion of three communities, including Narikuravar, from the state under the Scheduled Tribes category.

SC/ST teachers not sent for ‘foreign training’: Parliamentary committee shocked at caste bias in JNU

BJP MP and chairman of the parliament’s committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Faggan Singh Kulaste has slammed the JNU for ‘caste discrimination’.He was quoted saying by IANS, in Times of India’s report: “As a committee, most of us, if not all, were surprised with the complaints from teaching staff, others and students that caste discrimination continues in the premier university. We are deeply pained that the education system here is functioning on the exclusion of caste.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He claimed that 30-member panel — 20 from Lok Sabha and 20 from Rajya Sabha — were surprised to find that not a single SC/ST teaching faculty and non-teaching staff were sent for foreign training in the last three years.The panel which consisted of D Raja (CPI), Kariya Munda (BJP), Ramdas Athawale (RPI), Santokh Singh Chaudhary (Congress) and Pratima Mondal (Trinamool Congress) believed that an evaluation system must be put in place to plug the dropout rates of SC/ST students.Kulaste added that the situation had nothing to do with the JNU controversy, and the committee had visited the university campus on August 21, 2015.He further added: “The study was made on the role of educational institutions, including universities, technical, medical and engineering, in socio-economic development of the SCs and STs and implementation of reservation policy in JNU”.He said the committee will also visit other universities including Aligarh Muslim University and University of Hyderabad but the dates for those visits haven’t been finalised yet.”Often they (JNU officials) told us either the SC-ST candidates do not apply or do not fulfill the essential criteria. These were just excuses and the committee was not convinced. We work in consensus. The best part of our panel is to work as a team to help out our own communities, as members of this committee are derived from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes alone,” he said adding his party affiliations didn’t affect his work.However, the lawmaker from Mandla constituency in Madhya Pradesh said: “With the ongoing process of recruitment and positive responses, it is expected that at least 80 percent of the total reserved posts will be filled in next 10-12 months.” But as an individual MP, who has been in parliament since 1996, Kulaste said: “Only reservation policy is not enough to annihilate the hydra-headed monster of caste. Therefore, we have recommended that proper training and civic education to both teachers and students are provided to enhance the skill and competence level of the students.”

Govt scraps medical test for SC/ST victims of non-invasive sexual harassment

New Delhi: The government has scrapped an over 20-year-old provision of conducting medical examination in cases of non-invasive sexual harassment like gestures or acts intended to insult the modesty of women and stalking against SC and ST victims to enable them get quicker relief under a new law.

The new Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Rules, 2016, notified recently by government, also has provision of increased relief to victims ranging from Rs 85,000 to Rs 8.25 lakh. Earlier the amount ranged between Rs 75,000 and Rs 7.5 lakh, depending upon the nature of the offence.

Earlier 50 per cent of the amount was paid after medical examination and remaining 50 per cent at the conclusion of the trial, according to a senior official from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Representational photo. PTIRepresentational photo. PTI

Representational photo. PTI

“However, the new Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act 2015 which came into force on 26 January, included a series of new offences following which the rules had to be modified,” the official said.

Under the newly formed rules, separate provision of relief for offences of rape and gang rape have been introduced for the first time to give effect to the amended provisions.

“These offences fall under the category of invasive offences and also offences like assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty, use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe, sexual harassment, voyeurism, stalking which fall under non-invasive category have also been specifically mentioned,” the official said.

“Now, in cases of non-invasive offences, we have done away with the medical examination part. Medical examination is now required only in crimes of invasive nature,” the official said.

The new rules also mandate that investigation and filing of charge sheet in cases of atrocities against SC/ST women will now have to be completed within 60 days of commission of the offence.

Earlier, there was no time limit for filing of charge sheet, but the investigations had to be completed within 30 days.

The rules envisage that for “victims of gangrape [Section 376D of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860)], payment of Rs 8.25 lakh be made to the victim with 50 per cent after medical examination and confirmatory medical report, 25 per cent when the charge sheet is sent to the court and 25 per cent on conclusion of trial by the lower court.”

In the case of rape [Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860)], “a provision of Rs five lakh rupees payment is to be made – 50 per cent after medical examination and confirmatory medical report, 25 per cent when the charge sheet is sent to the court and 25 per cent on conclusion of trial by the lower court.”

For immediate withdrawal of money from the treasury so as to timely provide the relief amount, the concerned state government or Union Territory administration may provide necessary authorisation and powers to the District Magistrate.

“These rules will speed up the process of dispensation of justice to victims of atrocities. They are strongly sensitive in cases of offences against women and liberalise and expedite access to relief for the members of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes who have been victims of atrocities,” said the official.

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment notified the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Rules, 2016 on 14 April, the birthday of BR Ambedkar.