SHILLLONG, Oct 17 - Schedule Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC-ST) are in majority in most of the Northeastern States, but, the situation of these communities is �not ideal� when it comes to delivery of their Constitutional rights.
A Parliamentary Committee on SC and ST while making this observation here today said, several SC and ST rights mandated under the Constitution were not being fulfilled.
�The situation is not ideal even in the North East, despite SCs and STs being in the majority. There is still some space where the rights of the SCs and STs, enshrined in the Constitution, could be properly delivered,� Chairman of the Committee, Dr Kirit Premjibhai Solanki said.
Highlighting some of the rights violation, he said, there were spaces which could be filled when it came to implementation of reservation in jobs and doing away with discrimination.
�There is discrimination against the SCs and STs even in the NE and we are compiling the report which would be tabled in the Parliament,� Solanki informed.
The Parliamentary Committee comprised members from all the political parties and from both houses of the Parliament. Solanki termed the Committee as a �mini Parliament� and stated its report would be given due importance.
During its meeting here the Committee met officials from the banking and power sectors and impressed upon them to fulfil the Constitutional obligations related to job reservation of SCs and STs. The Committee also touched on backlog appointments in the power sector with regards to SCs and STs.
Further, the Committee had discussions on similar lines with the banking sector and banks officials did agree that all the issues raised in the meeting would be given due consideration.