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CPI (M) seeks private sector reservation bill

Monday 22 August 2005

New Delhi, Aug. 22. (PTI): A strong demand for bringing a bill to provide for reservation to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the private sector was made by CPI (M) in the Lok Sabha today.

Raising the issue during zero hour, CPI (M) leader Basudeb Acharia said that the ruling UPA had given an assurance to bring such a bill to provide employment to those from weaker sections of the society in view of privatisation of several public sector units.

He said India cannot develop unless the state intervenes through affirmative action for the SCs and STs.

His party colleague V Radhakrishnan demanded representation for workers on the Coir Board, saying such a step had been in existence for several years in the past.

He said Coir Board workers were on a war path and the Board authorities were turning a deaf ear to their demands.

Congress member Lal Singh wanted restoration of a security post in the interiors of Udhampur region since its removal had led to the killing of four innocent persons by militants in the recent past.

Rajaram Pal (BSP) alleged that dalits in Uttar Pradesh were being prevented from voting in the ongoing panchayat elections by supporters of the ruling Samajwadi Party.

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