New Delhi, August 1: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its go ahead to a bill to restore the original provisions of a law on atrocities against Dalits and tribals. It is reported that the bill will be passed during the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament. Also Read - Good News! Cabinet Approves 4% Increase in Dearness Allowance for Central Govt Employees
The bill to restore the original provisions of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act will be brought in Parliament, news agency PTI quoted a top government source as saying. Also Read - Centre to Table Citizenship Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha on Monday Amid Calls of Northeast Bandh
The decision comes amid the deadline set by Dalit groups and BJP’s allies to restore the provisions of the SC/ST Act. According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told his ministers that there will be no change in the original provisions of the Act. Also Read - Union Cabinet Clears Citizenship Amendment Bill, Parliament Nod Awaited
Various Dalit and tribal groups have called for a ‘Bharat bandh’ on August 10 to press their demands, including restoration of the Act. They have said a Supreme Court order in March weakened the law.
Chirag Paswan, Parliamentary Party Chairman of BJP’s ally Lok Janshakti Party, also demanded the Centre to bring an ordinance about SC/ST Act and warned that the Dalit protests called on August 9 could be more aggressive than those of April 2.
The Supreme Court in a ruling in March had introduced safeguards which, Dalit leaders and organisations said, diluted the Act and rendered it toothless.