Hyderabad: The Centre is in the process of amending two laws on protection of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes to make them more effective.
“We have invited suggestions from all states on how to make these Acts more stringent. Most of the states have responded and we are in the process of finalizing the amendments,” Union minister for social justice Meira Kumar told reporters here on Monday.
The two laws are the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Protection of Civil Rights Act.
The minister said this after chairing the fourth meeting of the committee monitoring implementation of SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Protection of Civil Rights Act in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Union territories of Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Saying there were some “shortcomings”, she said her ministry was working on the amendments in consultation with the National Commission for Scheduled Castes.
Kumar ruled out the possibility of completing the exercise before the coming Budget session of Parliament, saying, “It will take some more time.”
The Centre has embarked on a challenging task of making India “atrocities-free and untouchability-free” by 2010, the minister said.