New Delhi, Aug 8: Protesting against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act by the Supreme Court, Dalit organisations have called for a Bharat Bandh on August 9. Coming together under the banner of All India Ambedkar Mahasabha (AIAM), these groups are demanding the restoration of the provisions of the SC/ST Act. However, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale has appealed to the public not to participate in the bandh. (Also read: SC/ST Act: Setback For Govt as SC Refuses to Stay Verdict)Also Read - Vijay Mallya To Be Extradited Soon, Formalities in Final Stages

Earlier this week, the Lok Sabha passed The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill 2018 to overturn a Supreme Court order over safeguards against arrest under the law. The Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill 2017, which grants constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes, was also passed by Parliament on Monday. Also Read - NEET-PG Counselling 2021: Doctors Express Concern Over Postponement, Call For Nationwide Strike From Tomorrow

In a statement, Athawale said on Tuesday that the passage of the two bills was a revolutionary step. He also alleged that the Opposition was defaming the government and assured that the Centre was working towards the welfare of Dalits. The BJP will also be observing “social justice fortnight” from August 15-30 to mark the parliamentary nod to the bill seeking to grant constitutional status to the OBC Commission. Also Read - Will NEET Exams 2022 be Conducted Twice a Year Like CBSE? Ministry of Health to Resume Talks With Education Ministry Soon

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament will be remembered as a session dedicated to social justice and social harmony. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said they hoped that the Rajya Sabha will also pass the bill during the ongoing monsoon session which ends on August 10. The PM had said that the passage of the OBC bill underlined his government’s mantra of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’. (With Agency Inputs)