Thursday, April 15, 2010

[ZESTCaste] SC/ST Federation demands Act for reservation of jobs in private cos

SC/ST Federation demands Act for reservation of jobs in private cos
15 Apr 2010, 2006 hrs IST,Nageshwar Patnaik,ET Bureau

BHUBANESWAR: President of All India Confederation of Scheduled
Caste/Scheduled Tribes Organisations, Udit Raj, on Thursday sought an
Act by the
parliament to ensure mandatory reservation of jobs for scheduled caste
and scheduled tribe candidates in private firms.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the state
chapter of the confederation, Raj said although a bill seeking
reservation in private was tabled in the Rajya Sabha in 2004, it could
not be debated for years. In 2009, the same bill was tabled in Lok
Sabha, but the UPA government withdrew it assuring that a revised
version of the document will be placed in House.

"It's surprising that nothing has been done in this respect so far,"
he observed.

Talking on the Right to Information Act, he said the legislation could
not bring desired results "since it does not make it mandatory for the
government servants to send their children to government-run schools."

"Political leaders, bureaucrats and industrialists are sending their
children to private English medium schools since the government-run
schools are not properly managed. The Right to Education Act should
have made it mandatory for all government employees to send their
children to government schools that the standard of such institutes
would have improved," he said.

Criticising Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati for
not agreeing to implement the RTI Act on the ground that it would
require huge fund, Raj said, "As she claims to represent the Ambedkar
legacy, she should have told like this."

"B R Ambedkar stood for education for all. But Maywati does not seem
sincere to follow this guiding principle of the great soul," he said.

Stating that the present state government was not properly
implementing the Orissa Reservation of Vacancies in Posts & Services
(for SCs & STs) Act (ORV Act), he said the confederation would soon
launch agitations in the state to put pressure on the government for
strict adherence of the law.

"We would not tolerate any attempt at dereservation of the jobs for SC
and STs in government establishments. We would protest it tooth and
knell," he said.


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