Government Tries To Reach Out to Dalits by Introducing A Bill to Overturn SC Order

New Delhi: In a move to reach out to Dalit community and just before the planned protest against it on August 9, a bill to overturn a Supreme Court order which had laid down certain safeguards in SC/ST law to prevent atrocities against people of scheduled castes and tribes was introduced in the Lok Sabha on August 3.

Apparently a move to reach-out by the BJP-led NDA government to Dalits, days ahead of their proposed August 9 nationwide protest with the key demand to restore the provisions of the law.

The bill rules out any provision for an anticipatory bail for a person accused of atrocities against SC/STs, notwithstanding any court order, while it also provides that no preliminary enquiry will be required for registering a criminal case and an arrest under this law would not be subject to any approval.


TMC Leaders Enter Into Scuffle With Police At Silchar Airport After Being Denied Entry Into Cachar District

New Delhi: Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders visiting Assam scuffled with security personnel at Assam’s Silchar airport after they were denied entry into Cachar district of the state. The delegation reached Silchar to take stock of the situation in the aftermath of the publication of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) that has excluded over 40 lakh.

Airport officials said the district administration was making arrangements for the delegation’s stay at the airport as the TMC members refused to leave. “They have agreed to return to Kolkata on the 7.50 am Air India flight. Tickets have been booked,” an official said on condition of anonymity.


Under Pressure, Cabinet Approves Bill To Restore Key Provisions of SC, ST Act

New Delhi: Union cabinet has approved a bill to restore key provisions of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act that were struck down by the Supreme Court in March. Dalit groups, opposition parties and even ruling BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) allies have been protesting against it.

Union minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan, who is also a prominent Dalit leader and president of the LokJanshakti Party, announced the decision and said the bill would be tabled in Parliament during the ongoing monsoon session.

On March 20, the top court had barred automatic arrests under the act, mandated preliminary inquiries before first information reports (FIRs) are registered, and said there would be no bar on anticipatory bail. The judgment triggered widespread protests by Dalit groups, which argued that the verdict had diluted the law meant to protect the marginalised communities from crime and discrimination.


BJP Takes On Opposition With A Tough Stand On National Register Of Citizens in Assam

New Delhi: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre and the government as such hardened their stance on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) on July 31. The ruling party’s chief Amit Shah called the four million people in Assam excluded from the final draft “infiltrators” and claiming credit for an exercise that the opposition Congress had been reluctant to carry out while in power.

Shah also asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi to take a clear stand on the issue of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.Shah’s comments came on a day attorney general KK Venugopal told the Supreme Court that the government wanted to collect and maintain a biometric record of all the excluded people because of concerns that they may migrate to other states.


Over 40 Lakh People In Assam Fail To Make It To National Register of Citizens

New Delhi: The Cenre as well as the state government have said that the National Register of Citizens (NCR) is still a draft and that there is adequate recourse available to those not included as a little over 40 lakh people in Assam, out of the 3.29 crore in the state who applied to be included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC), have been left out of the complete draft of the contentious document released on July 30.

The NRC, which was first prepared for Assam in 1951, is being updated at the insistence of the Supreme Court, although it has been a longstanding demand of most political organisations in the state. The register is aimed at distinguishing the state’s citizens from illegal immigrants, mostly from Bangladesh. The first draft of the updated NRC, released on December 31 last year, listed 19 million people.

Registrar General of India Sailesh (one name) and NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela announced in a press conference that out of a total of 32,991,384 applicants, only 28,983,677 were found eligible for inclusion.