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'Nat'l Tribal Commission must be made more powerful'

Kunwar Singh said the Commission must be given powers to punish those who flout rules, reports Satyen Mohapatra.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2007 23:58 IST

National Tribal Commission must be made more powerful and toimplementits rulings,must be made mandatory, says Chairman National Tribal Commission Kunwar Singh.

Addressing a press conference in the Capital on Monday, he said that the Commission should be given powers to 'punish or penalise' those who flout rules. He said of about 120 posts in the Commission nearly 40 were lying vacant from the post of Directors to peons.

He said it is disheartening to note that the Commission has not been provided with the requisite infrastructure necessary to perform its duties and functions enshrined in the Constitution.

The Commission has only six regional offices at Bhopal,Bhubaneswar,Jaipur, Raipur,Ranchi and Shillong. Consequently it has not been possible to look into all the applications related to the grievances received in the Commission,he said.

The Commission had submitted the first report of the Commission to the President of India on August 8, 2006, highlighting the critical gapsin the implementation of the reservation policy of the governmentand in the schemes for socio economic and educational development of Scheduled Tribes. It has also given suggestions to plug the loopholes and for effective implementation of the schemes.

The Commission which has provided the facility of TOLL FREE telephone (180011777 from MTNL/BSNL landline) from any part of the country for tribal people to bring their grievance in the notice of the Commission, to launched its website.

First Published: Feb 12, 2007 23:58 IST