Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH: Haryana Government will set up a corpus fund to provide immediate relief to the members belonging to Scheduled Castes, who become victim of atrocities under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, who was presiding over a meeting of State level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee constituted under Rule 16 of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Rule 1995 here today, directed the concerned officers to set up this corpus fund.He also reviewed the status of prosecution of cases registered under the Act and other schemes under the Protection of Civil Rights Act 1955.
He also directed them to increase the time limit to submit application to avail financial assistance being given under Mukhyamantri Samajik Samrasta Antarjatiya Vivah Shagun Yojna upto three years. Under this scheme, financial assistance of Rs 1.01 lakh is being given to a non Scheduled Caste boy or girl, who marries a Scheduled Caste girl or boy. It was informed that under the scheme,Rs152.23 lakh had been released among 304 beneficiaries upto December 2016 ,during the current financial year.
It was also informed that the State Government is initiating all necessary steps to prevent and curb atrocities on members belonging to Scheduled Castes by effectively enforcing the provisions of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. To compensate the affected persons, relief ranging from Rs 85,000 to Rs 8.25 lakh was given for various acts like damage to irrigation tubewells, loss of properties, grievous hurt, temporary or permanent incapacitation, rape and murder. As many as 364 persons were assisted with financial assistance of Rs 2.94 crore upto December 2016 during the current year.
Those present included Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu, Minister of State for Welfare Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Mr Krishan Kumar, MLA Mr Kulwant Bajigar, Chief Secretary Mr D.S.Dhesi, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr Rakesh Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary Cultural Affairs Mr Vijai Vardhan, Principal Secretary Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Mr Anil Kumar, Director General of Police Dr. K.P. Singh and other members of the committee.