CPI-M asks Govt to ensure passage of SC and ST Bill in RS

NEW DELHI, Nov 10:  The Communist Party of India (Marxist) today demanded that the government carry forward the unfinished agenda and vision of Dr B R Ambedkar on the issue of social justice, including ensuring passage of The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Bill 2015.
Referring to media reports that the first two days of the coming winter session of Parliament — November 26 and 27 — would be devoted to observe the 125th birth anniversary  of Dr Ambedkar, the party Politburo called upon the Central government to use these two days for carrying on the unfinished agenda and vision of Dr Ambedkar on the issue of social justice.
It said in a statement here that the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Bill 2015, pending before  the Rajya Sabha after being adopted by the Lok Sabha, should be legislated during these two days.
The CPI (M) asked the government to come prepared with legislative business to enact a law for extending the current constitutional provision of reservations to the private sector and enact laws providing statutory status to the SC/ST Sub-Plan. The fund allocations should be based on their enumerated population.
”Though this is not a special session, as the CPI(M) demanded, these two days must be utilised for ensuring that the attention of the entire country is focused on this shameful scourge of Indian society — inequality on the basis of birth and descent — and on the urgent need to take comprehensive and strong measures to eliminate it,” the statement said.
This, it said, was the ”least” that the Indian Parliament could do to carry forward Dr  Ambedkar’s vision and ”the best way to observe this anniversary,” it added. (UNI)


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