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JD-U backs quotas in private jobs, educational institutions

Tuesday 23 August 2005

Nitish terms Lalu Prasad and Buta Singh as `made for each other’

PATNA: Strongly favouring quotas for scheduled castes and tribes in private sector jobs and educational institutions not receiving financial assistance from the government, the JD-U today assailed the UPA government for its `equivocal’ stand on the issue.

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FOR THEIR CAUSE: JD(U) leaders George Fernandes, Nitish Kumar and Jagnnath Mishra at party’s Dalit-Adivasi conference in Patna on Monday.

"Reservation is a tool devised by our Constitution-makers to end inequity and bring those exploited over the centuries on par with other castes. The UPA government will have to give up its equivocal stand on the issue as the country has to run in accordance with the principles enshrined in the Constitution," senior JD-U leader Nitish Kumar said.

"In the era of liberalisation and globalisation, jobs in public sector are fast shrinking and it is the social responsibility of the government to ensure reservation for the depressed sections in private sector jobs," Mr. Kumar said addressing a ’Dalit-Adivasi convention’ of the JD-U.

He said that education was a vital tool for social empowerment of the weaker sections and demanded that the Constitution be suitably amended to ensure reservation for them in private educational institutions not getting financial aid from the government.

"I have suggested to the Union Human Resource Development Minister to convene an all-party meeting before the conclusion of the ongoing session of Parliament to discuss the situation arising out of the Supreme Court judgement to do away with quotas in unaided private sector educational institutions and he has accepted my proposal," Mr. Kumar said.

Nitish Kumar attacked the 15-year Lalu-Rabri rule for `doing nothing’ for the uplift of the Dalits and Scheduled Tribes and said even scholarship was not paid to the students belonging to these categories.

Mr. Kumar said that RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and Governor Buta Singh were `made for each other’. "They were reaping the benefits of power while the Dalits and other weaker sections continue to be neglected and exploited."

"The JD (U) is irrevocably committed to social justice without disturbing social and communal harmony," he said.

Addressing the convention, JD (U) president and NDA convenor George Fernandes expressed the hope that the Supreme Court would order reviving the dissolved Vidhan Sabha.

"After Lalu Prasad’s assertion in an interview to a private news channel it has become clear who was responsible for the appointment of Buta Singh as Governor. I hope the apex court will take note of the RJD leader’s statement while drawing conclusions about the Governor’s conduct and the circumstances in which the Bihar Assembly was dissolved and order resurrection of the House."

The convention also adopted a resolution demanding immediate filling of the vacancies for SC/ST in Bihar government jobs, reservation for them in private sector undertakings and dissolution of the Ranganath Mishra Commission constituted to suggest measures for identification and uplift of the socially and economically backward among religious and linguistic minorities. — PTI

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