Monday, July 11, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Reserve jobs for SC/STs in private sector

Reserve jobs for SC/STs in private sector
Published: Sunday, Jul 10, 2011, 19:11 IST | Updated: Sunday, Jul 10,
2011, 19:15 IST
By DNA Correspondent | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA

The National Dalit and Minority Front (NDMF), in its meeting in Pune
on Saturday in presence of national president and former minister
Ramvilas Paswan, passed a resolution demanding immediate reservation
of jobs for scheduled castes (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST) in private
sector in the country.

Paswan told reporters in a press conference following the meeting that
five lakh participants from all over the country would march to the
Parliament on November 30 to drive home their demands.

National working president of NDMF and president of Republican Party
of India (RPI-A) Ramdas Athawale was also present.

Paswan said that during the NDMF meeting, some resolutions were passed
demanding immediate introduction of reservation of jobs for SC/STs in
private sector.

He said that till a few years ago the government had control over
economy and there was reservation for SC/STs in public sector
undertakings. But due to disinvestment, the public sector is being
converted into private sector. Hence, the demand is made for
reservation in private sector.

He said there was a declaration of reservation for SC/STs in private
sector in the manifesto of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) during
its rule from 2004-2009. Some action was taken to implement the
declaration. But industry strongly opposed it and the government
succumbed to the pressure. The declaration was removed from the UPA
manifesto in its second term from 2009.

He said the government provides land and other infrastructure to
"Education Mafia" at throwaway prices and they earn profit while
running institutions. Hence, there should be 50% reservation in
admissions to private educational institutions for poor children
belonging to any community.

He said the All India Judicial Service (AIJS) that was to be formed
under Article 312 of the Constitution for recruitment in judiciary is
yet to take shape. There would be reservation for SC/STs in judiciary
once the AIJS becomes reality.

'No support to Anna, Ramdev': Ramvilas Paswan

Paswan on Saturday criticised anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and
yoga guru Baba Ramdev for not speaking against atrocities on Dalits
and overlooking issues of social justice while fighting against

Speaking to reporters after the NDMF meeting in the city, he said that
the front was also against corruption but the serious problem could
not be solved by one person sitting on fast. "We will not support Anna
Hazare's agitation," he said.

He said that no action should be taken while dealing with Anna or
Ramdev, which is not within the frame of Constitution. Every decision
and action should be as per the parliamentary democracy.

Criticising Hazare's demand for Lokpal, he said that it would result
in formation of one more committee. "One should note that Suresh
Kalmadi or A Raja are behind bars under the very laws in effect. There
is no problem of policy. The intention for implementation should be
the right one," he said.

The Dalit leader said Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) should not use shoulders of these "babas" for their
political needs. He said that he wonders why Baba Ramdev has entered
politics instead of teaching yoga.

Ramvilas Paswan decries caste system in India

Rajya Sabha MP and Jan Lokshakti Party president, Ramvilas Paswan,
said caste system was the biggest obstacle for the all-round
development of the nation.

Paswan was speaking at the 39th anniversary celebrations of Dalit
Panther at the Balgandharva Rangmandir on Saturday. The founder of
Dalit Panther, Namdeo Dhasal; state forest minister, Patangrao Kadam;
Republican Party of India (RPI-A) president Ramdas Athawale and city
corporators were present.

Dalit Panther is a social organisation founded by noted writer-poet
Namdeo Dhasal in April 1972 in Mumbai to fight the subjugation of the
Dalit community.

Balgandharva Rangmandir was jam-packed on Saturday as supporters
applauded the leaders on the dais.

Congratulating Dhasal on his fight for justice, Paswan said that Dalit
Panther had worked for the evolution of the Dalits. "In the past,
people associated the Dalits as passive and a subjugated class.
However, the Dalit Panther has successfully eradicated this notion,"
he said.

Paswan, who was the chief guest for the occasion, urged people to rise
and fight for their cause. "It is been high time that the Dalits have
remained a neglected section in society. Every individual Dalit should
fight for justice," he said.

According to Paswan, in India, the rich continue to become richer,
while the poor become poorer.

"On paper, our country might be developing at a good pace, but it is
the problems of the deprived poor people that need to be addressed.
Politicians and crusaders seem to forget that," he said.


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