Buta: Central reservation Act needed



The Hindu
September 4, 2007

Bangalore: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes does not have powers to enforce reservation, says chairman Buta Singh.

Speaking to The Hindu , he said an Act on reservation could help to define the functions of the commission and empower it to monitor and enforce the policy.

Its civil court powers were restricted to enquiries and making recommendations – and did not extend to passing orders.

‘Right now the reservation policy is left to individual ministries and departments to enforce. All State governments have fallen short in implementing welfare projects for communities belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.

‘And there is no monitoring. Has anyone been taken to task for not implementing reservation yet,’ Mr. Singh asked.

‘We need Parliament to pass a Central Act to cover all aspects of reservation including education, recruitment, budget allocation and socio-economic development. We presented a draft reservation Bill in the Parliament seven years ago, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assured us that the Act will be passed.’

Copyright 2007. All Rights Reserved.



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