Rajya Sabha Passed ST/SC Bill, Thaawarchand Gehlot Said Who Spoke On Bill Had Supported
After debate of Rajya Sabha’s Deputy Chairperson and winning of Harivansh Narayan Singh on this position, Parliament passed a Bill to reciprocate the effects of Supreme Court’s order aimed to safeguard against arrest under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes law. The Bill was already passed by Rajya Sabha and also got permission of the Lok Sabha on 6th August.
Responding to the debate on the Bill in Upper House, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot said “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured his government’s commitment towards (interests of) backward classes. I today say that we are committed towards safeguarding their interest.” He also said that all the members who spoke on the Bill had also supported it.
“Some members have suggested constitution of special courts for the Act. We have made a provision for this in the Bill. As many as 14 states have constituted 195 special courts for deciding cases related to SC/SC Act. Some states have declared district and session courts as special court for the purpose,” Gehlot added.
Explain about provisions of the bill he mentioned that “we have provided for presenting a challan in court within two months of the first information report with complete investigation. We have also provided for disposal of the case within two months of presenting the challan in court.”
During the debate of this Bill, some MPs felt that the government had taken this amendment Bill under Opposition’s pressure prior to the nationwide protest later this month to demanding for restoration of provisions of the law.