Chandigarh, October 30: The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Mr. Shivraj V. Patil stressed the need to implement Minimum Wages Act effectively and bring scheduled caste labour, domestic labour and bonded labour within the ambit of Minimum Wages Act.
Expressing these views after discussing presentation given by Director Social Welfare on the report on prevention of atrocities against scheduled castes, Mr. Patil said another area in which we should focus more was to provide compensation to the victims of criminal cases including scheduled castes. He said as per law conviction is not necessary to give compensation.
Appreciating the steps of posting one lady police officer in each police station of Chandigarh, Mr. Patil gave direction to ensure that every police station should be equipped with cameras and video recorders to record the first hand information report along with writing it in black and white. He asked the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Srivastava to make all necessary arrangements to impart training to all newly recruited as well as those already in service jawans and officers of Chandigarh Police.
Giving presentation, Director Social Welfare, Mrs Varsha disclosed that cases of atrocity on scheduled castes persons are few. During the year 2010 no such case was registered and also problem of untouchability does not prevail in Chandigarh. She said that women and child support units in the police Department were already established in the City, which was lauded by the Administrator.
Mr. Patil said the guide lines for the welfare of scheduled castes and proceedings of the monitoring committees should be highlighted in print and electronic media along with displaying it on website.
Mr. Patil asked the Adviser to Administrator to give compensation to the woman, wose child died whie, awaiting delivery in the premises of General Hospital, Chandigarh. Giving instruction to concerned officers in a meeting, Mr. Patil said that before appointing NGOs in any committees it should be ensured that their selection should be on merit.
Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Mr. K.K. Sharma, Adviser to Administrator, Mr. M.P. Singh, Principal Secretary to Governor, Mr. Satya Gopal, Home Secretary, Mr. V.K. Singh, Finance Secretary and Mr. Srivasta, Inspector General of Police.