GUWAHATI, Nov 29: After an on-the-spot visit to the Harijan colonies in Guwahati today, National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) chairman Buta Singh came down heavily on the Assam Government and said that he would report the pathetic plight of the Harijans in Assam to the State Governor, the Central Government and the President of India. Singh today visited the Harijan colonies at Ulubari, Fatasil Ambari and Dispur in Guwahati.
Talking to newsmen after the visit, Singh said: “The Harijans are living in a veritable hell in Assam. Even beasts won’t be able to stay in such a condition. When I met Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday, I informed him of the pathetic condition of Scheduled Castes in the State. I told the media also about the condition of Scheduled Castes here. I have to submit a report on the condition of Harijans in Assam to the State Governor, the Central Government and the President of India. I will visit Assam after a month again to review the condition of Harijans here.”
Singh said yesterday the Planning Commission of India releases certain amount under the SC component every year. “I have found that the Central funds under the SC component have not been released to the departments concerned by the Finance Department as yet in Assam. There is no system worth the name to monitor implementation of schemes and utilization of funds meant for SCs in the State,” he said. THE SENTINEL