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Delhi govt initiates work on making Schedule Caste Commission for state

Activists hail initiative aimed at ensuring rights of SC people

NEW DELHI: Delhi government has initiated the internal work to establish Schedule Caste (SC) commission for the state. The goal of the government is to empower and ensure the rights of the SC community people. The SC/ST Welfare Department is working on a draft of this proposal. "The work is in progress and we are confident that we will make a cabinet note on the proposal soon," Delhi SC/ST Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam told Millennium Post.

Gautam who also holds the portfolio of the Social Welfare Department said that the Centre already has such a commission but Delhi did not have it as earlier nobody thought about such a step. "The SC commission is a much-needed initiative of the government. Every day the community people face many difficulties but they do not have any state organisation which will listen to their grievances, therefore, we started working on this initiative," said Gautam.

The fundamental work of the commission would be to listen to the grievances of the SC community people. The grievances could be about politicians, senior officials, ministers and even police. After hearing the complaints, the commission will directly transfer the complaints to the concerned authorities which will take care of these complaints. According to the draft plan, the commission is likely to have nearly five members.

According to the sources, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal himself wanted to make this commission for the Schedule Caste community of Delhi. However, senior officials of the department said that formation of such a commission would not be easy as the final proposal will need the approval of the Centre. "Earlier also the department planned to make such a commission but could not because the Centre was not willing. The Delhi cabinet approval on this matter will not be enough and the proposal should be sent to the Lieutenant Governor who will then send it to the Centre for final approval," said a senior official on the request of the anonymity.

In response, Gautam said that the government will follow the due process and there would be no procedural lacking on the matter. "After the cabinet passes the proposal, we will send it to the LG and then Centre will follow every required procedure for the project," said Gautam.

Meanwhile, the Dalit rights activists hailed the process and said that as Delhi had no such commission the SC community people of the city has suffered a lot. "This initiative by the state government is very positive. The SC community people had no place in Delhi to go and register their grievances but now they will get a platform. We are glad that Delhi CM thought about such an initiative," said Ashok Bharti, Chairman, National Confederation of Dalit Organisations. According to the last census, Delhi has a total of 2,343,255 SC population which is nearly 17 per cent of the city population.

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