The Sarvajan Hitai Sanrakshan Samiti spearheading the strike against SC/ST promotion quota on Sunday called upon the teachers, students, traders, intellectuals and people from various walks of life to join their strike and organize demonstration on Monday.
The voting on the constitutional amendment bill for reservation in promotion will take place in Rajya Sabha on Monday. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to withdraw the bill else SP will be forced to reconsider its support to the UPA government. The Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on the other hand is lobbying hard for the passage of the bill that caters to her vote bank - the dalits.
Meanwhile, the samiti got a shot in the arm on Sunday with Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) extending support to its movement. Chief spokesperson of the party, Manish Sisodia said the AAP took exception to the cynical manner in which the issue of the reservation in promotions in government jobs was being exploited by various political parties by pitting one section of the society with other.
Sisodia further said in practice reservations in promotion often created an anomalous situation. “Those who are recruited against reserved category tend to get faster promotion than the rest and become senior to their batchmates from general category for no special reason. Such promotions create unnecessary heartburns and a sense of injustice, which is not in keeping with the spirit of the system of reservation,” he said.
“The Supreme Court while upholding job reservations for the SC, ST and the OBC rejected the idea of mechanical reservations in promotions. Undoing this judgment through a constitution amendment is not keeping with the spirit of social justice enshrined in the Constitution,” he said.
Talking to the journalists, president of Sarvajan Hitai Sanrakshan Samiti Shailendra Dubey said the samiti had sent e-mail as well as SMSes to all the MPs to hear the voice of their conscience before casting their vote.
The 18 lakh employees belonging to the general category and the OBC would remain on strike on Monday. The employees would take out rally and organize protest meetings.
Dubey said the central government should release data of the posting of the employees belonging to SC/ST on the top posts. In majority of the states, including BJP ruled Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Bihar, near about 50% top posts are occupied by the reserved category officers and there is no need for amendment in constitution for quota in promotion. The political parties that support the bill would have to face consequences in the 2014 Lok Sabha election,” he said.