'Buta Singh's allegations are motivated'
DNA Correspondent / DNASunday, May 16, 2010 10:41 IST
Gandhinagar: The Narendra Modi-led state government has sharply
reacted to the comments and criticism put forth by Buta Singh,
chairman of the National Schedule Castes Commission, regarding the CM
and the status of Dalits in the state. Singh, who was on a two-day
state visit, heavily criticised the CM, saying that he allegedly
called the Dalits 'mandbudhi' (mentally retarded). He also lashed out
at the state administration for the poor state of affairs of the SC
community in Gujarat.
State government spokespersons Jaynarayan Vyas and Saurabh Patel, and
two SC ministers Fakir Vaghela (social justice & empowerment minister)
and Ramanlal Vora, in a press statement, said Singh is being motivated
by Congress agenda, and this does not suit a constitutional authority
like the chairman of the SC commission.
Vaghela said, "Due to the state government's good performance, the
government of India has named the Gujarat SC Development Corporation
as the best SC Corporation in the nation. The figures of Dalit
atrocity given by Singh are also misleading. Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan
and MP have, as crime rates against SCs, 20.5%, 13.9% and 13.7%
respectively, while Gujarat has only 3.5%. It's lower than even the
national average. Gujarat has been announced as scavenging-free since
1992 and the state government has adopted a policy of giving Rs2 lakh
as compensation to the families of dead manhole workers, which was
earlier only 1 lakh.''
Several ministers critised Singh for his allegations, and said that
this behaviours is simply indicative of Singh's and the Congress'
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