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MPs bat for reservation to OBCs in judiciary

PTI  New Delhi, August 02, 2009
First Published: 22:33 IST(2/8/2009) | Last Updated: 22:35 IST(2/8/2009)
Lawmakers cutting across party lines on Sunday batted for reservation to Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in judiciary and sought a parliamentary committee of MPs from the weaker section.

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Speaking at the All India United Forum of OBCs Employees' Welfare Associations in New Delhi, Rajya Sabha MP E M Sudarsana Natchiappan said there should be high courts in North-Eastern states, a statement which was later supported by CPI's D Raja.

"This should be considered then only rights of people of the region will be taken care of," Natchiappan said. Supporting it, Raja added, "then the people of the region will not require to travel to Kolkata."

Talking about mechanisms to deal with the weaker sections of the society, Convenor of OBCs MPs Forum V Hanumantha Rao said "we will meet Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on our demand for a parliamentary committee of MPS from the section."

Rao said the MPs should also "press for reservation in judiciary so that people from weaker section become part of the system".

D Raja said disinvestment in the public sector will make the Public Sector Undertakings vulnerable as a result of which "how can we achieve social justice". "Public sector has got a social responsibility".

Many of the MPs emphasised on unity between SCs, STs and OBCs to fight together in their endeavour to get their "due share".


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