The Dalit community has called for the Bharat bandh on 9 August against the Supreme court which has changed the norms of SC/ST Act.
The Dalit organization under the sunshade of All India Ambedkar Mahasabha (AIAM) were demanding for the restoration of provisions of the SC/ST Act. They claimed that the modification made by the Supreme court dilutes the provisions of the act and breaks down the securities of the community.
The modification made by the Supreme court on March 20 stated that no one would be arrested on the basis of FIR lodged under SC/ST act. After proper investigation and on the basis of evidence, the procedure would be taken.
The verdict of the apex court was not welcomed by the Dalit community and they demanded the restoration of the original act.
Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale appealed the people not to participate in the Bharat Bandh as govt was protecting the rights of Dalit community. He even requested to maintain the peace and brotherhood across the country.
The Lok Sabha, passed the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill 2018 to overthrow the Supreme Court’s verdicts.
Parliament even passed the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill 2017, which established the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) as an autonomous body.
Prime Minister even announced to celebrate “social justice fortnight” from August 15-30 and “social justice week” from August 1-9 from next year to highlight the approval made by the Parliament for the bill.
PM Modi asked his party workers to meet backward class people and inform them about the initiative taken by the govt. for the development.
Athawale remarked that the passage of the two bills was a revolutionary step taken by the govt. He even accused the opposition of defaming the govt. He assured that his govt was continuously working for the development of the lower section of the country.