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‘Release 1,850 cr pending under post-matric scholarship scheme’

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Jalandhar, Jalandhar
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2020 10:16 PM IST
A delegation of joint action committee of unaided colleges in Punjab demanded the central government to release the dues of about 1,850 crore.
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Union Minister of social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot arrives to attend the winter session in Parliament in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Union Minister of social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot arrives to attend the winter session in Parliament in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

‘Whose government was it in 2012?’ Centre’s counter on SC quota verdict, Oppn walks out

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2020 04:55 PM IST
Congress has accused the government of attempting to snatch away the rights of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
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LGBTQ community members demand changes in the transgender persons bill in Kolkata, 2018(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
LGBTQ community members demand changes in the transgender persons bill in Kolkata, 2018(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

A missed opportunity | HT editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 27, 2019 08:13 PM IST
Awareness of trans issues has grown. The bill should have been more sensitive
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The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the Transgender (Protection of Rights) Bill 2019(PTI)
The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the Transgender (Protection of Rights) Bill 2019(PTI)

Transgender rights bill gets House nod as activists protest

By Dhamini Ratnam | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2019 03:55 AM IST
A motion by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP Tiruchi Siva to send the bill to a select committee was defeated 67 Nos to 48 Ayes, with one abstention.
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Delhi Commission for Women.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Delhi Commission for Women.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

DCW chairperson slams trans bill, asks for revisions

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2019 05:31 PM IST
The DCW has asked for the bill to be sent to a standing committee so that a complete law promoting the rights and welfare of transgender persons, is drafted.
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It is now widely recognised that the BJP is no longer primarily an urban, upper caste, middle class, north India-centric force. Getting 220 million votes, and 303 seats, would only have been possible by embracing newer social groups(AFP)
It is now widely recognised that the BJP is no longer primarily an urban, upper caste, middle class, north India-centric force. Getting 220 million votes, and 303 seats, would only have been possible by embracing newer social groups(AFP)

The Sangh’s advice to the BJP

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUL 14, 2019 08:53 PM IST
While critics often label it as an anti-Dalit force, the fact remains that under Narendra Modi, the BJP has consciously sought to cultivate the Dalit vote. The real challenge, however, will remain the minorities
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In her maiden budget speech on Friday, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had extended entrepreneurial support programmes for SC-ST under the Stand Up India scheme, and flagged that providing dignity to manual scavengers was an aim of the government.(HT Photo)
In her maiden budget speech on Friday, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had extended entrepreneurial support programmes for SC-ST under the Stand Up India scheme, and flagged that providing dignity to manual scavengers was an aim of the government.(HT Photo)

SC/ST welcome budget, skeptical if allocations will be directly beneficial

By Dhrubo Jyoti | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 07, 2019 07:08 AM IST
The absence of any provision to speed up processing of claims under the 2006 Forest Rights Act was also a point of concern, the activists noted.
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Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Union minister for social justice and empowerment, Thawar Chand Gehlot, said that including OBC castes in the list of SCs is the exclusive domain of Parliament.(Arijit Sen/HT FILE Photo)
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Union minister for social justice and empowerment, Thawar Chand Gehlot, said that including OBC castes in the list of SCs is the exclusive domain of Parliament.(Arijit Sen/HT FILE Photo)

‘Unconstitutional’: Union minister faults UP move to expand SC list

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2019 08:40 AM IST
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Union minister for social justice and empowerment, Thawar Chand Gehlot, said that including OBC castes in the list of SCs is the exclusive domain of Parliament
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Kolkata, India - May 15, 2019: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath during a press conference at West Bengal State BJP head quarter in Kolkata, India, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. One of his public meeting ahead of Lok Sabha election has been cancelled following alleged withdrawal of permission, (Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times)(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Kolkata, India - May 15, 2019: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath during a press conference at West Bengal State BJP head quarter in Kolkata, India, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. One of his public meeting ahead of Lok Sabha election has been cancelled following alleged withdrawal of permission, (Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times)(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

On Yogi govt’s move to add 22 OBC castes to SC list, union minister differs

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2019 04:25 PM IST
The Uttar Pradesh government had on June 24 directed district magistrates and commissioners to issue caste certificates to 17 OBCs.
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Gehlot was appointed as the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment during the Modi government’s first stint in 2014.(HT Photo)
Gehlot was appointed as the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment during the Modi government’s first stint in 2014.(HT Photo)

BJP’s Dalit face Thawar Chand Gehlot becomes minister for second time

By Press Trust of India | Bhopal
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2019 09:02 PM IST
As a minister, Gehlot scripted several schemes for the welfare of the deprived sections of the society as well as for the physically-challenged people.
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Union social justice and empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot (right) and BJP state president Ajay Bhatt (left) address a press conference in Dehradun on Wednesday.(Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)
Union social justice and empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot (right) and BJP state president Ajay Bhatt (left) address a press conference in Dehradun on Wednesday.(Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: BJP says winnability only criterion for LS poll nominations

By Nihi Sharma | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2019 03:57 PM IST
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Union minister and BJP Uttarakhand in-charge Thawar Chand Gehlot said the central election committee of the BJP would hold its first meet on March 16 followed by another on March 18.
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Union minister of social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot (2nd from right) addresses a press conference at BJP office in Dehradun on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Union minister of social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot (2nd from right) addresses a press conference at BJP office in Dehradun on Thursday.(HT Photo)

All sitting BJP MPs in Uttarakhand may not get LS ticket: Thawar Chand Gehlot

By Deep Joshi | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2019 03:54 PM IST
BJP’s Uttarakhand in-charge Thawar Chand Gehlot’s statement may lead to rebellion in the party in view of some of its five sitting parliamentarians aspiring for tickets yet again.
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Union minister for social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot.(HTPhoto)
Union minister for social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot.(HTPhoto)

Bill on quota for economically weaker sections brought with good intent and purpose: Thawar Chand Gehlot

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2019 10:44 AM IST
Union minister for social justice and empowerment, Thawar Chand Gehlot, says the bill that provides for 10 percent reservation for economically weaker sections is aimed at ensuring the educational and economic empowerment of the poor in the general category.
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Union minister for social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot has said it is wrong to divide deities and heroes into sections.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Union minister for social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot has said it is wrong to divide deities and heroes into sections.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

It’s wrong to divide deities into sections: Union minister Thawar Chand Gehlot

PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2018 08:42 AM IST
Gehlot was in Ayodhya on Sunday at the concluding ceremony of the two-day Samrasta Kumbh. The event was organised on the new campus of the Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University, Faizabad.
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Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Thursday, Aug 2, 2018.(PTI)
Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Thursday, Aug 2, 2018.(PTI)

Bill to restore original SC/ST Act tabled in Lok Sabha

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2018 08:22 PM IST
The move is being seen as a reach-out by the BJP-led NDA government to Dalits.
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Minister of social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot
Minister of social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot

Introduce reservations in part-time, contractual jobs: Social justice ministry

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2018 11:52 PM IST
Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said the reservation policy should be applied to all state and central government jobs that are non-permanent in nature.
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JNUSU members flagged alleged “tampering” of the reservation policy in admissions by the JNU administration.(Ajay Agarwal/HT File Photo)
JNUSU members flagged alleged “tampering” of the reservation policy in admissions by the JNU administration.(Ajay Agarwal/HT File Photo)

JNUSU members meet social justice minister over ‘violation’ of reservation policy

By HT Correspondent | PTI, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2018 11:21 PM IST
The students also protested outside the social justice ministry against the alleged violation of the reservation policy in admissions by the JNU administration.
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Minister of social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot said the government will also take the ‘necessary steps or legal recourse if needed’ to roll back a new quota system for the appointment of faculty in universities, announced by the University Grants Commission.(HT File Photo)
Minister of social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot said the government will also take the ‘necessary steps or legal recourse if needed’ to roll back a new quota system for the appointment of faculty in universities, announced by the University Grants Commission.(HT File Photo)

Dalit protests politically motivated, says minister Thawar Chand Gehlot

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2018 11:36 PM IST
Minister of social justice and empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot said the Dalit protests were being stoked by political parties, which were wary of the marginalised sections moving towards the BJP, which has the ‘maximum number of MPs and MLAs from these sections’.
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