Chandigarh: The Haryana Government on Wednesday decided to set up State Commission for Scheduled Castes to redress their grievances and prevent atrocities on the community.

The Cabinet, in its meeting held in Chandigarh under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, also decided to grant reservation of four percent each to Special Backward Classes and Economically Backward Persons in General Castes category in Class I and II jobs under government or government undertakings and local bodies.

The Cabinet decided to appoint a three-member Committee comprising Finance Minister H S Chattha, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala and Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal, to finalise the notification of the Commission for SCs.

The State Commission will have a chairperson, who shall be an eminent person belonging to SC category having wide experience in social life. The Commission will haven’t more than three non-official members from amongst the members of the Scheduled Castes, who may be appointed by the Government from amongst the persons who have special knowledge in matters relating to the Scheduled Castes.

Out of the three members, one shall be a woman. The Chairperson and every member shall hold office for a term not exceeding three years. The Commission will investigate, examine and monitor all matters relating to the safeguards provided for the Scheduled Castes under the Constitution or under any other law or under any order of the Government and to evaluate the working of such safeguards. The Commission shall, while investigating any matter, have all the powers of a civil court.


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