The administration's apathy towards Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) clearly reflects from the fact that no meeting of district vigilance and monitoring committee (DVMC) either in Jalandhar or Nawanshahr held last year.
DVMC is formed under Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The committee, headed by deputy commissioner includes commissioner of police or SSP, SSP (Rural), Member of Parliament (MP), Members of legislative assembly (MLAs), three first-class officials belonging to SC community, five non-government SC members and three social workers or members of local NGOs as its members. The district welfare officer (DWO) works as secretary of DVMC.
As per the act, the district committee has to meet regularly. Sources in the welfare department said whenever any atrocity occurred with SC/ST people by any upper caste people, the police usually send a copy of FIR to the welfare department and these cases are reviewed into meeting of DVMC.
The committee's chairman and members also discuss about taking measures for effective implementation of schemes for SC/ST people. Sources said the last meeting of DVMC was held in April 2012 and after that, no meeting took place due to unknown reasons.
"The state government had written a letter in last November 2012, intimating about abolishing previous committee due to election of new MLAs in January 2012 elections. But the new MLAs are yet to take part into this meet," a source said.
The situation same in Jalandhar. The DVMC has been reconstituted on August 20 and new members including three MLAs and others non-officials have been nominated.
Nawanshahr district welfare officer Jasdev Singh said the first meeting would be held soon. "The department has enough funds to award aids to victims and their families," he said.
Jalandhar district welfare officer, Rajinder Singh said DVMC's meeting would be held as soon as the department gets agenda of cases from commissioner of police or SSP (rural).