Tuesday, March 29, 2011

[ZESTCaste] SCs, STs protest against reservation policy in Rajasthan



SCs, STs protest against reservation policy in Rajasthan
From ANI

Jaipur, Mar.28: Members of the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled
Tribes (ST) in Jaipur have staged protests against the Rajasthan
government's reservation policy.

Around five thousand people belonging to the SC and ST committee
gathered here on Sunday, to warn the state government of dire
consequences if their right to reservation was curbed.

Asharam Vena, the General Secretary of the Scheduled Caste and
Scheduled Tribe Committee, said people belonging to the upper classes
have misused the decision of the Supreme Court's decision to curb the
rights of the reserved classes.

Shagan Lal, an employee of the state secretariat, said the demand of
people belonging to lower castes was to continue with the old
reservation policy.

He said: " This is the Supreme Court's decision, but it never said
that while giving promotion, reservation should not be considered.
Upper caste people, who have pressurized the lawmakers in their favour
to abolish reservation, have misinterpreted the decision."

" They want to remove the reservation given to us. We are not
demanding anything new. We just want that old reservation policy
should be continued. We would not tolerate any games played against
us," he added.

Hari Meena, a member of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe
committee said: " The Rajasthan High Court's decision is that people
belonging to the scheduled caste can use their reservation benefit
only once either at the time of promotion or at the time of getting a
government job. We get promotion on the basis of reservation and this
should not be stopped."

Currently, 12 percent reservation is for SC candidates and 16 percent
for ST candidates and around 4.5 percent candidates of SC and ST
community are working in government jobs in the province.

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