Saturday, September 3, 2011

[ZESTCaste] OBC forum to press for representation on Lokpal

OBC forum to press for representation on Lokpal
TNN | Sep 3, 2011, 04.14AM IST
NEW DELHI: The parliamentary forum of OBC MPs is likely to discuss the
demand for representation for weaker sections on the multi-member
Lokpal being considered by the government.

The forum will meet at the residence of its convenor Congress MP V
Hanumantha Rao and although the agenda listed does not deal with the
Lokpal bill now being examined by a parliamentary standing committee,
it is expected to be discussed.

The forum has articulated OBC issues and has been agitating for the
formation of a formal parliamentary committee for backward castes. It
also wants constitutional powers for the National Commission for
Backward Classes.

In the past, the forum has supported extension of backward quotas to
central educational institutions and draws on support across party

Rao has also written to the standing committee on law and justice
calling for representation to dalits, tribals and backward castes up
to 50% of the Lokpal's strength in keeping with the court-mandated
ceiling on reservation.

He has called for representation to minorities and women as this would
convince these sections that their interests would be protected. Rao
has said the bill should bring private sector, NGOs, religious trusts
and media within the Lokpal's ambit.

The proposed anti-corruption ombudsman is likely to see intensely
political arguments in the weeks ahead. Backward and dalit leaders
like Lalu Prasad and Ramvilas Paswan, who are on the standing
committee, have already said they will press for quotas in the
selection committee and the Lokpal.

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