Home Minister Rajnath Singh today asserted that the Government wants to pass an amendment bill in this ongoing session of Parliament to restore the original provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
He was responding to the issue raised by the Congress during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha.
Mr Singh said that the Union Cabinet has yesterday approved the Bill in this regard and that the NDA Government wants to pass it in this session.
He added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said after the Supreme Court’s verdict that the Government will not allow any dilution in this Act and if needed, it will bring more stringent legislation to prevent atrocities against the SCs and STs.
Earlier raising the issue, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge questioned why an Ordinance in this regard has not been brought even after four months of Apex Court’s ruling. He claimed that the atrocities are rising in the country against the SCs and STs.
Earlier, when the House met for the day, Congress members tried to raise the issue and trooped to the well and created noisy scenes. But after Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s assurance that she will allow the issue to be raised during Zero Hour, the members went to their seats.