The sangat darshan program is again in question but this time for biasness. The National Scheduled Castes Alliance (NSCA) had alleged that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had never held any sangat darshan in villages having complete population of schedule castes community in Punjab.
The commission National president Paramjit Singh Kainth in his statement issued here has said, "There are 37 villages in Punjab that have 100 percent Scheduled Castes (SC) population but none of these villages have ever witnessed a sangat darshan by the 'magnanimous' chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal who had been five times CM." Each time the CM has showered his 'magnanimity' on non-SC dominated villages."
"There are a staggering number of 3788 villages in Punjab that each have over 40 per cent population of the SC community but none of these villages have received a sangat darshan visit from the highly prejudiced chief minister who does not seem to care for these deprived classes," said Kainth.
"The biasness exists despite the Planning Commission of India's recommendation that the Scheduled Castes Sub Plan (SCSP) should first be implemented in villages and towns with large SC presence. The Chief Minister is deliberately ignoring these SC dominated areas," added Kainth.
Kainth stated that Article 46 of the Constitution of India provides that the State shall provide with special care, the education and economic interest of the weaker sections of the people and in particular of the Scheduled castes and Scheduled Tribes and shall protect them from social injustice and all forms of exploitations.
"There are a total of 34 SC MLAs in state assembly including 25 MLAs of ruling SAD-BJP but all of them have failed to convince CM for sangat darshan programme in these villages. These SC MLAs and four MPs have failed to provide leadership to the SC community of Punjab," added Kainth.