New Delhi, Mar 29: The Union Law Ministry on Thursday approved the filing of review petition in Supreme Court on SC/ST act. Addressing a press conference after meeting PM Narendra Modi, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that the government will file a review petition against a Supreme Court order that dilutes some stringent provisions of the anti-atrocities act.Also Read - Supreme Court Lists AIFF Elections Matters on May 18
He added that the meeting was “positive” where Dalit leaders and MPs discussed various SC/ST related issues such as reservation in private sector and promotion in the public sector with PM Modi. The delegation included Union Ministers Ramdas Athawale, Jual Oram, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Ajay Tamta, Vijay Sampla and several MPs including Shiv Sena’s Anandrao Adsul. Also Read - Gyanvapi Mosque Row: Supreme Court to Hear Plea Today, Survey Concludes | Key Points
“It was a positive discussion with Modi ji. He listened to our issues and concerns. We also made demands for reservation for SCs and STs for jobs in the private sector and promotions in the public sector. The Constitution envisages the continuation of reservation for SCs and STs,” he said. Also Read - Gyanvapi Masjid Row: Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Plea Seeking Stay on Survey | 10 Points
Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Aathwale had on March 22 said that the government will file a review petition against the SC’s order protecting public servants and private employees from arbitrary arrests under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. He added that the judgment was “not proper”.
Leaders of several opposition parties on Wednesday met President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention to press the government to file a review petition before the Supreme Court over its verdict diluting the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act) 1989.
“We think that he will take some immediate action and some justice will be done. We told him that conviction rate is very low, atrocities against Dalits, Adivasis, and women are increasing,” CPI-M leader T. K. Rangarajan said.
The delegation included leaders from the Congress, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Samajwadi Party, the DMK and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), IANS reported.
Speaking to the reporters, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that atrocities against the Dalits were increasing but the Act was being diluted. “On the one hand, atrocities are increasing against the Dalits and tribals and on the other hand, the Act is being diluted. The President has supported and said he will take action,” he said.