By : M.S.Yatnatti Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru : President Pranab Mukherjee has given assent to a Bill that provides 24.1% reservation for contractors from Scheduled Castes (17.15%) and Scheduled Tribes (6.95%) in government tenders. The reservation is restricted to works below Rs 50 lakh. In August 2016, the Siddaramaiah government tabled the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurement Bill, 2016, in the assembly to create reservation aimed at helping SCST contractors bag government works without a tender process. After securing approval from both Houses, the bill was sent to governor Vaju Vala for his assent. The governor decided to forward it for the presidential approval on the advice of legal experts, who said the bill requires constitutional sanctity . The bill was virtually in cold storage for 10 months before the President ratified it last week.Sources said the President retrieved the bill after he met a delegation led by Siddaramaiah in Bengaluru 10 days ago. In 2015, a legislative panel on SCSTs welfare had suggested reservation for dalits in government tender works. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor and all Corporators of 198 wardsof BBMP and officers of BBMP must read provisions of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act as it has Stringent punishment for atrocities on SC, ST under amended Act .BBMP giving contract or work order of SWM to Non SC contractors after recalling the work orders given to SC ST Contractors within few days without any reason is economic and social boycott of SC ST community and is punishable under new amendment brought by Modi government as UPA has proposed the amendments.SC ST Contractors are changed but the pourakarmikas remain same Supervisors remain same Men and Machine remains same by changing only contractor is direct insult to SC ST contractors and it is an offence under POA Act . An Act which provides for stringent action against those committing atrocities against SC and ST communities or indulging in actions which are derogatory to their dignity, including social or economic boycott, has came into effect since January 2016 .Cancelling legitimate contracts without any legal reasonsattracts criminal provisions of SCs and STs, under Chapter II of the PoA Act non SC contractorspressure on JC and cancelling the contract or work orders and such contractors has imposed or threatened a social or economic boycott of SC STperson or a family or a group belonging to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe ix) Gives, any false or frivolous information to any public servant and thereby causes such public servant to use his lawful power to the injury or annoyance of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe;(x) Intentionally insults or intimidates with intent to humiliate a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe in any place within public view.Chiranjivi Secretary of SC ST organization has reportedly requested police to file FIRagainst Joint commissioner an SE and EE ofRajajinagar Malleshwaram and Gandhinagar under sectionsPoA Act 2105 . As per Law at least 50 wards out of 198 wards Solid waste management contracts need to be given to SC ST Pourakarmikas. These offence punishable under Section 3(1) (ix) (x) (zc) of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.