Sunday, October 2, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Mayawati wants dalit quota in judiciary and private sector

Mayawati wants dalit quota in judiciary and private sector
Ashish Tripathi, TNN Oct 1, 2011, 06.47PM IST

LUCKNOW: UP chief minister Mayawati shot off yet another letter,
seventh in last 10 days, to prime minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday.
This time she has demanded increase in the percentage of reservation
provided to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) in view of
increase in their population and introduce quota system in the
judiciary, private sector and other places where it has not been
implemented as yet.

Earlier, she had written to the prime minister for providing
reservation to Jats under other backward class (OBC) category, upper
caste poor on financial basis, quota within quota in OBC category to
backward Muslims, inclusion of 25 most backward classes (MBC), dalit
Muslims and dalit Christians in the SC/ST category, pathetic condition
of national highways in UP and shortage of fertilisers. The letters
are being seen as BSP chief's move to play caste card before 2012
assembly elections. Mayawati has sought to appease all sections of
society -- backwards, dalits, upper castes and Muslims. She is also
looking forward for an alliance of dalit-Brahmin-Muslim-MBC for 2012
elections. BSP had come to power with absolute majority in 2007 with
the support of dalits and by successfully wooing a section of Brahims,
Muslims and MBCs.
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In her letter, Mayawati has stated that the population of dalits and
tribals have increased considerably since Independence, hence it is
important to increase the percentage of reservation to dalits and
tribals in government jobs and educational institutions. She
reiterated inclusion of MBCs in SC/ST list and providing them a fixed
quota within quota. She had suggested that after including MBCs, dalit
Christians and dalit Muslims in the SC/ST category, the percentage of
quota should also be increased in accordance with the increase in
number of communities. She had even recommended amendment in the
constitution to increase quota and to include more castes and classes
for reservation benefit. She had demanded that the reservation policy
should be put in the ninth schedule of the constitution so that it
cannot be challenged in any court of law.

Arguing that increase in quota will help marginalised sections to join
national mainstream, Mayawati also patted her back for initiating
number of schemes to benefit downtrodden in UP. The BSP government has
introduced quota for dalits in allotment of government contracts upto
Rs 25 lakh, reservation facility in promotions, filling of backlog
reserved category vacancies, 10% quota in jobs in private sector units
established with the help of state government and quota in jobs for
dalits in the services outsourced to the private sector. Mayawati has
also decided to introduce 23% quota to SC/ST and 27% for OBCs in the
industrial units established under public-private-partnership.
Besides, the government has also implemented several schemes - free
housing for urban poor and dalits, scholarships for dalits, backwards
and Muslims among other things.

Incidentally, Mayawati appointed 1977 batch IPS officer Brij Lal, a
dalit, as the new director general of police (DGP) of UP on Saturday
following superannuation of RK Tiwari, a Brahmin. Tiwari was made DGP
last month after retirement of Karamveer Singh. Tiwari remained DGP
for around a month. Political analysts say that Mayawati has tried to
give a message to both Brahmins and Dalits with appointments of Tiwari
and Lal. Significantly, Lal was already handling several important
police departments. A judicial magistrate in Ghaziabad had recently
directed police to lodge an FIR against Lal and some other senior IPS
officers on the petition of a police constable Brijendra Singh Yadav
who alleged that Rs 25 per month were illegally deducted from the
salaries of 3.5 lakh constables in UP. Lal has challenged the order in
the High Court.

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