Why Punjab Closed :- With Punjab having the maximum around 35 per cent Scheduled Caste population in the country. In view of the call for Bharat Bandh on April 2, in view of a across the countrys trike against the Supreme Court’s order diluting the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Communities (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Punjab chief secretary Karan A Singh has requested the Center for keep military on standby to avoid violence.
On this biggest current affair Why Punjab Closed on Monday?
Punjab Government has decided to suspend the services of public transport across the state on Monday, also schools, colleges, universes and banks will remain closed and mobile internet services suspended besides major police deployment done.
An standard said that during Bandh the PRTC, Punjab Roadways and PunBus Buses would not ply on roads and the providers of these buses would remain suspended. He also said that Mobile Internet services (2G/3G/4G/CDMA), All SMS services and all dongle services etc. provided on mobile networks except voice calls in the territorial authority of Punjab would be suspended from April 1, 5 pm to April 2, 11 PM as per orders released by the state home division. Only voice calls will work.
Punjab Education Board (PSEB) has postponed its exams:
On the other hand, Punjab Education Board (PSEB) has postponed its exams but the CBSE and ICS exams will be performed as per schedule. PSEB has postponed the practical examination scheduled for April 2. The new dates for the postponed practical examination will be announced later. The message in this regard has been sent to all the district education authorities from the Secretary, PSEB, Mohali, Hargunjit Kaur.
Resources said that besides the police force in the areas across the state another 12,000 extra police personnel have been implemented for law and order duty tomorrow which have been taken out from Punjab Armed Police, Police Headquarters’ and other wings of the state police besides para-military Forces.
State Government has also asked the Army professionals to be on standby:
The state government has also asked the Army professionals to be on standby and ready to deal with any situation. The state has a history of anti-caste pushes, when Mangoo Ram Mugowalia organized Dalits, who then begun calling themselves ad-dharmis in 1920s.
Attractive to keep peace, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh yesterday said that the affiliates of SC community to keep restraint and maintain law and order in the larger public attention.
A few dalit organizations had given a nationwide bandh call to register their protest on the apex court’s order that protects public servants from irrelavent arrests under the act. This judgmen tis being considered as diluting the act and thus it is feared that it will lead to more discrimination from the SC and ST community.
National Scheduled Castes Alliance decided to participate and support the Bharat Bandh. Paramjit Singh Kainth, chief executive of the alliance said, “Punjab has the largest people of Scheduled Castes and also 4 Members of Parliament, 34 MLAs from the community. They should stand against the atrocities met with the community.”
The union govt has already decided to file a review petition in the Supreme Court towards this March 20 order of the apex court.