Staff Correspondent

It is expected to help the kin of those killed after 1994

MANGALORE: The State Government has amended the Karnataka Civil Services (Appointment to the family member of persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes or the Schedules Tribes who die in atrocities on SCs or STs on Compassionate Grounds) (Special) Rules 1999.

This amendment is expected to help the kin of those killed in atrocities since 1994.

Stating this at the monthly meeting of those from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and representatives of Dalit organisations here on Sunday, Superintendent of Police B. Dayananda said the kin of the victims needed to have a minimum educational qualification to get a job on compassionate grounds in any group D category. However, the amendment had done away with this requirement, he added.

Urging the SCs and the STs and their leaders to create awareness on the amendment, Mr. Dayananda said the affected persons could submit applications within a year from the date of commencement of the amendment of rules of 2006 (March 24, 2007). Those who had applied but did not get employment for not meeting the norms should apply again.

Earlier, replying to a question, Mr. Dayananda said there was no need for the SCs and the STs to wait for the monthly meeting organised by the department to raise queries pertaining to the department.

He advised them to meet police officers at their respective jurisdictional level or senior police officers and get their problems sorted out. The meeting was just an additional forum for them in this regard, he said.

The meeting was an attempt to bridge the gap between the Police Department and members of these communities, he said. Such meetings would give them confidence to explain their grievances not only to police, but also to officials of other departments.