SC/ST Act to remain intact, no one can abolish it: Paswan

PATNA: No power can abolish the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan said today.

In the past, the Dalit community had tolerated atrocities without protest, but youths today are conscious and aware of their rights, he said while addressing a meeting of the district presidents and State office-bearers of the LJP and Dalit Sena here.

“The SC/ST Act will continue. It is intact and will remain so. People need not worry as no power can abolish the Act,” the Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution asserted.

The recent Supreme Court judgment “weakens” the provisions of the SC/SC Act and the youth anger over the matter is “natural”, Paswan said. (AGENCIES)