India is committed to the welfare and development of its people in general and of vulnerable sections of society in particular. Equality of status and opportunity to all citizens of the country is guaranteed by the Constitution of India, which also provides that no individual shall be discriminated against on the grounds of religion, caste or sex, etc. but has this discrimination and harassment against Scheduled Caste and Scheduled tribe people concluded? In a recent incident, according to Police, a complaint lodged by Air India staff Suresh Babu, under the Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, from Zuarinagar, Sancoale have accused that, 42 Air India staff from Dabolim, Mumbai and Delhi, a CBI official from Goa, and others targeted him at the workplace intentionally insulting and humiliating him several times. Read the full report here.
According to the sources, Suresh, in his complaint, accused the persons of allegedly forging documents, furnishing false evidence, instituting false, malicious legal proceedings, promoting ill-will and hatred in the name of language/place of birth.
Adding to that he further alleged that the persons prevented him from taking up any other job, imposing social and economic boycott, denying him medical facilities and misguiding other authorities with false evidence.
The South-Goa District Magistrate Swapnil Naik, IAS, passed the Order directing the SDPO, Goa Police, Vasco to file the F.I.R. Subsequently Kapil Nayak, the Police Inspector of Dabolim Airport Police Station has filed the F.I.R. against 41 persons of Air India and one CBI official.
In the same Order, the District Magistrate has allowed the request of Suresh Babu to avail the Video Recording facilities in the Special Suit filed in the Special Court/District Court, Margao against Ashwani Lohani, the CMD of Air India. The District Magistrate has also ordered Air India Ltd to pay the maintenance expenses.