Friday, January 6, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Cong finds nothing wrong in govt decision on SC/ST vacancies

Cong finds nothing wrong in govt decision on SC/ST vacancies
PTI | 08:01 PM,Jan 04,2012

New Delhi, Jan 4 (PTI) Congress today saw nothing wrong in the Union
Cabinet's decision to fill pending vacancies of SC and ST in the
central government in the midst of assembly elections in five states.
"Congress never takes any decision with an eye on elections but with
the welfare of the people in mind. In a democracy, some election
process is always going on," party spokesman Rashid Alvi told
reporters. He was asked whether the cabinet move to clear a proposal
to fill the vacancies of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe in the
central government was proper in view of the assembly polls. The move
is expected to benefit around 50,000 people. When pointed out that the
proposal was hanging fire for the last two and a half years, he said,
"Whenever some good decision is taken, it should be praised and not
commented upon adversely". The proposal, discussed and approved in the
Cabinet meeting held here this morning, comes soon after the
government decision to allow 4.5 per cent reservation to the
minorities within the OBC quota. Alvi dismissed as "absolutely wrong"
the reported remarks of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi that the
minority reservation in OBC category could be raised up to eight per
cent from the 4.5 per cent decided by the government.

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