Bill on SC/ST Act too little, too late, say Dalit MPs

Criticise Centre’s move on SC/ST Act.

The amended legislation to restore the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act has not assuaged Dalit MPs, who say it is too late too little.

The Congress criticised the move saying that a government that has taken the ordinance route for every significant piece of law, is putting off the amendment in this case by using the legislative route.

The Left MPs too criticised the government’s step. “Why has the government delayed it for four months? They should have immediately sought a review of the judgment in Supreme Court. The government thinks that by introducing this legislation they have got a face saver before August 10 protests but their true face has been exposed,” CPI MP D. Raja said.

A BJP Dalit MP, who did not want to be named, said the proposed legislation was too late, too little. “The government waited for too long and now also we do not know when will the legislation be cleared by Parliament,” he said.

The NDA allies however are all smiles. Republican Party of India leader and Union Minister Ramdas Athawale welcomed the move. “The Home Minister has informed that the legislation will be passed in this session itself. And as far as Congress claim that why did the government not bring ordinance, it is simple that when Parliament is in session, the government can’t bring in ordinance,” he told The Hindu.

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