Throughout his two phrases within the Rjaya Sabha, NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, raised a complete of 283 questions, of which solely 13 have been directed to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Amongst these, not a single query was immediately in regards to the Dalits of Uttar Pradesh, despite the fact that he belongs to the state. Merely 12 questions have been requested to the agriculture ministry, of which, not even one was associated to agricultural labourers or land distribution.
Kovind was the governor of Bihar, serving since 2015, on the time of being picked because the presidential nominee, and was a BJP Rajya Sabha member for 2 consecutive phrases, from 1994 to 2006. However amongst all his credentials, solely two factors are being highlighted – that he’s the son of a poor farmer and that he’s a Dalit.
These factors are value noting as a result of in parliamentary politics, the socio-economic background issues as there appears to be a typical notion that studying from this will probably be used on the political platform.
None of the 25 questions requested by Kovind to the ministries of social justice and agriculture have been about caste atrocities, farmer suicides or the waiver of farmer loans. Quite the opposite, many have been directed to the employees of those ministries. Throughout his two phrases as a MP, the Congress was in energy on the Centre for more often than not.
Inquiries to social justice ministry
In 1996, Kovind requested questions associated to the voluntary donation of in the future’s wage by employees of the Nationwide Scheduled Castes Finance and Growth Company to the Andhra Pradesh chief minister’s aid fund; the rise of considerable subsidy on fertilisers; and the nationwide fee for safai karamcharis.
In 1997, he raised questions associated to declaration of Uttaranchal as a tribal state; the inclusion of Rawalta and Jaunpuri castes within the ST record; the declaration of the Giripur space in Himachal Pradesh as a ST space; and the illustration given by completely different castes to state governments for inclusion within the SC/ST lists.
In 1998, the questions requested have been associated to the using of individuals with disabilities and the suggestions of state governments for the inclusion of sure castes and tribes within the SC/ST lists.
In 2004, Kovind raised a query associated to the appointment of the members and the secretary of the central waqf council. The second was associated to the bifurcation of the Nationwide Fee for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
Inquiries to agriculture ministry
In 1996, Kovind raised a query associated to corruption in state farm firms, the appointment of bonafide college students in Delhi Milk Scheme milk cubicles, and cooperation between India and Brazil for agricultural analysis.
In 1997, Kovind raised a query associated to using employees automobiles for personal functions by senior officers.
In 1998, he requested a questions associated to the modification within the milk and milk product order for elevated personal funding in dairy trade; the proposal from Uttar Pradesh to arrange a nationwide centre for water administration and regional USAR; the lack of life and property throughout the nation as a result of floods and droughts; and expenditure for the alternate of data within the discipline of agriculture.
Kovind didn’t increase a single query mentioning poor farmers, landless labourers or Dalit atrocities. In addition to, he raised simply three inquiries to the finance ministry and the personnel ministry, between 1996 and 1998 about reservations. These questions have been associated to the promotion coverage formulated by the administration of Punjab and Sind Financial institution, directives relating to reservation to SC/ST workers within the financial institution, and the modification of a Division of Personnel and Coaching memorandum relating to SC/ST workers.
Regardless of being a Dalit and belonging to UP, a state with excessive incidence of caste atrocities, out of the 5 particular mentions, Kovind solely made one particular point out about atrocities in opposition to Dalits, that too in Bihar, to which he by no means obtained any reply from the federal government.