New Delhi: Expressing shock over the system of scavenging prevalent in the Indian society for the last 64 years after the independence, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday called for eradicating the inhuman practice from the country within six months.

Speaking at a convention of Ministers of Welfare and Social Justice from different states, PM said, “It is not a difficult task to end it. Stringent laws are already in place. The need of the hour is to implement them effectively.”

Indicating towards the rampant atrocities committed against Dalits across the country, he asked the state governments to implement  laws meant to check such crimes.

“It has become indispensable to implement Civil Rights Act, 1955 and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 with its true motive,” he said.

The PM also expressed joy over the success of Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojna pilot project which was started for 1000 Dalit majority villages spread across the five states - Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

The government is thinking over expanding the project in the 12th five year plan, he said.

The PM also gave indications of education benefit plans for students of Other Backward Classes (OBC) while mentioning about the amendment for post-matriculation scholarship for Scheduled Tribes students’ last year.

Stating that Scheduled Caste sub-plan is a vital step to fill the gap between common man and the OBCs, the PM said, “State governments should implement it sincerely. States are providing funds in proportion to Dalit population to implement this sub-plan but more emphasis should be given on better results.”

(JPN/Bureau)