NCSC hits out at Punjab for rising atrocities against SCs
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The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) on Friday hit out at the Punjab government for "rising" atrocities against Scheduled Caste people.
After a meeting with state government officials, NCSC Chairman P L Punia said atrocities against SCs in the state were on rise.
The cases of atrocities against SC families increased from 97 in 2009 to 118 in 2010, he said.
Punia said the state had not even held a meeting of the State Vigilance and Monitoring Committee to monitor atrocities against SCs in the last five years.
"The committee should hold a meeting every six months but the state government did not conduct such exercise during the last five years," he said.
Punia pointed out that SC families constitute 31 per cent of total population in Punjab as per the latest census. He accused the state government of diverting funds meant for uplift of SCs out of the state annual plan.