Chandigarh April 11-Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal has directed the concerned officers to set up a web portal to highlight the schemes being implemented by various departments for the welfare of people belonging to Scheduled Castes.
Mr Manohar Lal, who was presiding over a meeting of State Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee to review implementation of provisions of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (prevention of atrocities) Rules 1995 here today, said that the web portal would make it easy for the people to get information about such schemes. The Chief Minister also directed that the meetings of District Level and Sub Divisional level Committees constituted under the provisions of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (prevention of atrocities) Rules 1995 should be held regularly. Apart from this, financial assistance being provided to people belonging to these communities, under various schemes, should be highlighted on the Notice Boards of District Secretariats. Besides, people should also be made aware of their rights by organizing seminars and symposiums.
He directed that meeting of District Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee should be held after an interval of six months. Additional Chief Secretary, Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Department Mr T.C. Gupta gave a brief presentation on the facilities being provided under the Act. He informed the Chief Minister that victims of any atrocity were being provided compensation without any delay. Under the Civil Rights Protection Act, 1955, an amount of Rs 2.32 lakh has been provided to 41 beneficiaries as legal assistance. Similarly, under the Mukhyamantri Samajik Samrasta Antarjatiya Vivah Shagun Yojna, 317 couples have been provided financial assistance to the tune of Rs 158.50 lakh. Financial assistance of Rs 1, 01,000 was made available under this scheme, he added.
He said that financial assistance of Rs 50,000 is provided to those gram panchyats who perform exceedingly well on various parameters including encouraging girls belonging to Scheduled Castes to get admission to educational institutions, abolishing un-touchability, providing drinking water facility in slums and construction of concrete roads. He said that 41 panchayats have so far been given Rs 20.50 lakh as incentive. The gram panchayat could utilize these funds on organizing special programmes. He said that with a view to encourage the people belonging to Scheduled Castes, ‘Khel Doot’ scheme has been launched in those villages where population of members belonging to Scheduled Castes is more than 40 per cent. In the first phase, this scheme is being implemented in 843 villages.
Director General of Police, Mr Yash Pal Singal apprised the Chief Minister that under the Act, workshops at regular intervals were organized at Police Academy Madhuban, Police Training College, Bhondsi and Sunaria to sensitize the police personnel concerning investigation and also to inform people belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes about their rights. So far, 963 police personnel have been trained by organizing five workshops. Apart from this, assistance of non-government organizations was also sought. He said that special cells have been set up at headquarters and at district level which are being supervised by Director General and Deputy Superintendent of Police respectively. Under the Act, quick action is taken on complaints received and matter is investigated by a gazetted officer of the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police. Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu, Minister of State for Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, Mr Krishan Kumar Bedi, Chief Secretary Mr. D.S. Dhesi, MLAs Prof Ravinder Baliana, Mr Anoop Dhanak, Mr Prithi Singh, Mr Balwant Sadhaura, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Mr P.K.Das, Additional Chief Secretary , School Education Mr Keshni Anand Arora, Additional Chief Secretary , Development and Panchayat Mrs Navraaj Sandhu, Addition Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. Rakesh Gupta, Director General Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Department Mr Shekhar Vidhyarthi, OSD to Chief Minister Mr Mukul Kumar and other senior officers were also present in the meeting