New Delhi: In an attempt to reach out to the backward classes, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar on Tuesday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would celebrate Social Justice Week from August 1 to 9 each year.
This programme aims to highlight the moves undertaken by the central government to curb the menaces such as social discrimination and violence against the backward classes.
“During the meeting, Prime Minister Modi said that the BJP will celebrate ‘Samajik Nyay Pakhwada’ or Social Justice Fortnight from August 15 to August 30. These two weeks will talk about the initiatives undertaken by the government for the development of the Backward classes and poor,” he added.
The decision from the Prime Minister came a day after the Parliament passed an SC/ST Atrocity Law and made efforts to convert National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) into an autonomous body.
Elaborating on the BJP’s achievement, Kumar stated, “Giving nod for restoring the SC/ST Atrocity Law in the lower house is one of the historic decisions taken by the party. We thank Prime Minister Modi for the success. If you remember, Prime Minister Modi in his first meeting in 2014 had announced that the government’s main focus will be on easing the lives of backward classes and poor. Today, we can say confidently say that we have accomplished the goal.”
The Lok Sabha, on Monday, unanimously passed the law with provisions for stricter guidelines, like no bail for anyone accused of atrocities on SC/STs and non-requirement of an inquiry for registering a criminal case and beginning a probe.
Opposition leaders recently have also urged the government to promulgate a law that can provide reservation to the upper caste poor on the basis of economic conditions. (ANI)