Our govt has strengthened laws to safeguard Dalits: Rajnath Singh

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: File photo of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaking in the Lok Sabha. PTI Photo / TV GRAB

New Delhi: File photo of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaking in the Lok Sabha.
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Union Home minister Rajnath Singh assured that the government is fully committed to protect the interest of the backward communities. Making a statement in Lok Sabha over Monday’s violence in the Bharat Bandh called by the Dalit groups, he also appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony.

“I fully appreciate that there is widespread anger amongst the people, following the Supreme Court order. I wish to inform the house that Government of India was not party in that case. People have taken to the streets,” he said.

Eight persons were killed during a day-long protests organised by Dalit groups across north and central India.

“Through the House, I want to assure the people that there has been no dilution whatsoever by my government, rather after coming to power and examining the SC/ST prevention Atrocities Act, we have taken a decision to strengthen it,” Rajnath Singh said.

Lucknow: Members of Dalit community stage a protest during 'Bharat Bandh' against the alleged 'dilution' of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes act, in Lucknow, April 2, 2018. PTI

Lucknow: Members of Dalit community stage a protest during ‘Bharat Bandh’ against the alleged ‘dilution’ of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes act, in Lucknow, April 2, 2018.
PTI

The Union home minister also said there have been widespread rumours on the issue of reservation which were “false and baseless” and the government was fully committed to protect the interests of the SC/ST communities.

“I wish to assure you that our government is fully committed to the welfare of SCs and STs. Our government is fully committed to protect the interest of the SC/ST community,” he said.

Speaking further on the Supreme Court’s order, he told the house that Attorney General has made an appeal in the Supreme Court for an urgent hearing and the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the matter today itself. “This shows the prompt action by the government and does not leave any doubt regarding the intention of the government to protect the interest of the SC/ST,” he said.

The centre has also issued advisory to all the states to ensure that no breach of law and order takes place and safety of the lives of citizens and properties are ensured, he said, adding Home Ministry is keeping a close vigil and is in constant touch with the state governments.

“Through this House, I appeal to all citizens to maintain peace and harmony amongst themselves. I also appeal to all the political parties to help maintain peace and harmony,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)