State apologises to Buta for 'vague' replies

The government made the submission during the second round of review meeting that Commission Chairman Buta Singh held on Monday at Kumara Krupa in Bangalore.  Speaking to Deccan Herald over phone from Delhi, Buta Singh said the commission had raised objections to “vague and evasive” replies to the commission’s questions. The commission had given the government two days’ time to come back with facts.

The commission has issued a questionnaire to all States to fill up. It carries questions specific to the reservation quota allotted for SCs in the State, expenditure incurred on special component scheme of the Five-Year Plan, special welfare schemes funded by the Centre, percentage of employees belong to SCs in the government sector and socio-economic status of the SCs in the State. Based on the replies the commission analyses the socio-economic status of the SCs.

“As I had told the government that I would come back after two days, I conducted the second review meeting”, he said. The chairman said the revised report included latest statistics. The officers expressed regrets to submitting vague replies in the first report.

Singh said he was yet to go through the revised report. After his first meeting in Bangalore, Singh had taken serious exception to pending vacancies of the backlog posts. Chief Minister Yeddyurappa had reacted strongly to the Commission’s views. On the CM’s statements, Singh said, “I don’t want to react to the CM’s statement. He is a politician, while I am head of a constitutional body.”

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