Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked BJP MPs to observe a “social justice fortnight” from August 15 to 30 this year and a “social justice week” from August 1 to 9 every year to mark the passage of a Bill that grants constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes, and the likely passage of the SC/ST Bill this week in the Rajya Sabha. The SC/ST Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday.
At a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party, Mr. Modi said these were important dates in the history of social justice and important milestones for his government.
He said the Quit India movement that Mahatma Gandhi launched in 1942 was also referred to as ‘August Kranti,’ and that these “historic” Bills were also passed in the same month in a serendipitous development.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told presspersons after the meeting that Mr. Modi recalled that in his speech after the BJP’s victory in 2014, he had said his government would be dedicated to the poor, the villages and the backward sections of society, and these Bill underlined that commitment. “A historic law has been passed, and another is likely to be passed in a day or two,” he said.
BJP leaders were asked to reach out to the people far and wide between August 15 and 30 to inform them of the work done by the government, he said.