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Wasnik expresses concern over low conviction rate for cases of atrocities against SC/STs.

New Delhi, Mar 26(ANI): Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Mukul Wasnik, has expressed concern over low conviction rate for cases of atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Tribes (SC/STs).

Speaking here today at the two-day National Consultations of Tribal Peoples Movements on implementation of SCs and STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989, Wasnik said that it is a matter of great concern that the conviction rate for cases of atrocities against SC/STs is less than 29 percent against the average of 43 percent for all cognizable offences under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Wasnik also expressed his disappointment over the fact that pendency of such cases in the courts also remains very high as over 80 percent of cases remained pending with the courts at the end of the year.

"Reports of atrocities against SCs and STs unfortunately continue to appear all over the country with disturbing regularity," Wasnik said.

He asked the participants to suggest changes which could be brought about in the law to enhance conviction rate and reduce pendency of the cases of atrocities against SC/STs.

The Minister also informed that the Centre has been impressing upon the states to ensure registration of cases of offences of atrocities against SCs and STs.

Wasnik also informed the participants about the revised guidelines with regard Scheduled Cates Sub Plan and Tribal Sub Plan (SCSP/TSP) according to which there would be a bifurcation of SCSP and TSP outlays from 2011-12 and all expenditure under SCSP would be shown under 789 minor heads.

He said that now the scheme wise allocation of SCSP has to be separately earmarked and 25 ministries have been identified to show the outlays under SCSP separately.

The strategy of Scheduled Cates Sub Plan and Tribal Sub Plan is to give a thrust to family oriented schemes of economic development of SCs/STs below the poverty line.

Wasnik said that the revised guidelines are now expected to remove the weaknesses in the earlier guidelines for the SCSP/TSP allocation. (ANI)

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