Tribune News Service
New Delhi, February 24
Former Union Minister Vijay Sampla, who assumed the charge of Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes on Wednesday, said, that he would be adopting “a three-tier priority to resolve all the issues being faced by the Dalit community”.
Sampla served as Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment from 2014 to 2019. He is counted amongst the prominent Dalit faces of the BJP in Punjab.
Sampla said that it was a matter of pride for him, that the "Union Government has assigned him such an important responsibility".
Elaborating on the three-tier mechanism, Sampla said his focus would be on resolving the social issues being faced by the Dalit community. “Second, I will work to ensure that Dalits get justice in government departments, whether it is the state or central so, that they are not subjected to any sort of exploitation in these departments”, he asserted.
Further, in order to make sure the prevention of injustice, exploitation, and various issues being faced by Dalits, whether socially or in government departments, from time to time, he will be submitting his report, in the form of suggestions, to the President of India.
Union ministers and prominent leaders from the region, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Parkash and former Punjab Minister Tikshan Sud, and several BJP functionaries were present during the ceremony.
They all extended their wishes to Sampla for a successful tenure.
Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, D V Sadananda Gowda, Hardeep Puri, and Anurag Thakur also greeted Sampla and wished him on his new assignment.
Sampla joined BJP in 1998.
After winning the Lok Sabha election from Hoshiarpur, he served as THE Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment from 2014 to 2019.
He has held several key posts in the BJP State Unit, including as the president.
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