Alleging rise in crime against Dalits and failure of the Haryana government in implementing welfare programmes effectively for oppressed classes, a few Congress leaders have decided to organise “Dalit jagrukta” rallies in all districts of the state.
Union minister Kumari Selja will lead the rallies, to be organised by Rajya Sabha MP Ishwar Singh, targeting Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led state government.
Accusing the state government of being indifferent to Dalits, Singh said here on Wednesday that the first rally would be held in Karnal on May 12. “Kumari Selja will address the rally. At the end, a state-level function will be organised in Jind after organising rallies in all districts,” he said.
Singh said the Hooda government had failed to initiate programmes to check atrocities and rising crime against Dalits.
“In 2007, Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi had launched a scheme to allot free residential plots measuring 100 square yards to each family of Scheduled Caste and Below Poverty Line (BPL), but the state government has failed to execute the welfare plan,” said Singh, a known critic of Hooda.
He said the allottees were unhappy as in most of the cases the plots were in the low-lying areas and far from the main locality of every village.
“The state government should form a policy to acquire land in villages and give adequate compensation to the land owners, as is done in the developing urban estates,” he said.
He said: “Many affluent people in the villages have got themselves enrolled in the BPL list due to their proximity to higher officials, while the eligible beneficiaries have been devoid of benefits.”
The MP also demanded constitution of a Scheduled Caste Commission to redress grievances of Dalits.
“Under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, a meeting should be conducted once every three months at the district level and once a year at the state level. But, it has been five years that the government has not convened any such meeting to redress grievances of the oppressed classes. Dalits need a platform where their problems are addressed without any delay,” said Singh, who is also a member of the Parliament Standing Committee on SC/ST.
Mullana a useless leader, says MP
Rajya Sabha MP Ishwar Singh called Phool Chand Mullana, president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), a “useless” leader.
Singh said despite several representations, the Dalit leader (Mullana) had neither convened any meeting nor asked the MPs or MLAs to raise the cases of atrocities on Dalits in Parliament or the assembly.