In view of the Bandh Call on April 2, against the dilution of SC/ST Atrocities Act, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh appealed the people of the state especially the members of SC community to keep restraint and maintain law and order in the larger public interest.
The Chief Minister said that the Punjab Government was already committed for the welfare of Scheduled Castes, which was evident from the fact that the Punjab Vidhan Sabha unanimously adopted a resolution to express solidarity with our SC brethren during its recently concluded Budget Session seeking the NDA Government’s intervention to legally pursue the case in which a Supreme Court verdict had diluted provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Captain Amarinder Singh further urged the SC Community and different associations to maintain peace, harmony and amity during the Bandh call.
The Chief Minister pointed out that since Punjab had the highest population of Scheduled Castes in the country, which constitutes nearly 32 percent of state’s population. Therefore, our Government accords the highest priority to ensure their all-round welfare and committed to safeguard their interests.