SAPAKS to float political party to see end of reservation in jobs promotion
The conflict between pro and anti-reservation officers and employees in context of reservation in promotion in government jobs has further aggravated with an organisation which is supporting the cause of the anti-reservation officers and employees announcing to float a political partybhopal Updated: Apr 18, 2017 10:55 IST
Bhopal: The conflict between pro and anti-reservation officers and employees in context of reservation in promotion in government jobs has further aggravated with an organisation which is supporting the cause of the anti-reservation officers and employees announcing to float a political party and contest 2018 assembly elections on the issue.
Interestingly, when it comes to reservation in promotion in government jobs the OBC employees too have joined hands with upper castes employees in their fight as they too are deprived of the privilege of reservation based promotion.
Samanya Pichhda Alpsankhayak Kalyan Samaj (SAPAKS) president Lalit Shastri made the announcement to ‘provide a political alternative to address the issue’ on the sidelines of a joint meeting the association representing upper castes, backward class and minorities employees in government and the Samaj held on Sunday in Bhopal.
The joint meeting decided to observe April 30 as ‘Nyay diwas’ (Justice day), May 10 as a ‘Kala diwas’ (Black day) and June 12 as ‘Dhikkar diwas’ (Reproach day) every year to register a protest against the state government’s decision to challenge the high court, Jabalpur judgment whereby the 2002 Madhya Pradesh Rule was declared null and void, in the Supreme Court. The rule provided for reservation to SC/ST officer and employees in promotion in government jobs.
Notably, after the state government’s decision to challenge the high court judgment chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had announced at a meeting of Anusuchit Jati Janjati Adhikari Karmchari Sangthan (AJJAKS) that ‘Koi mai ka lal reservation hata nahi sakta’ (No son of a mother can remove reservation).
The yet to be floated party by the welfare body would be the first in the state to be born out of conflict on reservation in promotion in government jobs.
Both the organisations are known as SAPAKS. The SAPAKS for officers and employees stands for Samanya Alpsankhyak Pichhda Adhikar aur Karmchari Sanshtha while SAPAKS welfare body is Samanya Pichhda Alpsankhyak Kalyan Samaj.
Talking to the Hindustan Times SAPAKS president Lalit Shastri said, “Instead of honouring the high court judgment and also sentiments of lakhs of government officers and employees who were badly affected by the 2002 rule the state government chose to challenge the high court judgment in the Supreme Court. Further, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s contemptuous tone for officers and employees affected by the rule that no son of a mother could remove reservation in promotion further hurt their sentiments”, said Shastri.
He said to rub salt in the affected officers and employees injuries of the affected officers and employees the chief minister had also used the AJJAKS platform to convey that the state government would pay for the battery of lawyers pleading the case in the Supreme Court for the SCs and STs.
He said, “SAPAKS is clear in its stand that 67 years after India became Republic, reservation should be there only on economic basis and not on caste lines. It also wants that the provision for reservation in promotion, which is playing havoc with the career prospects of government officers and employees from the unreserved category should be scrapped.”
However, state BJP spokesperson Rajneesh Agrawal said, “The BJP always believed in reservation as enshrined in the Constitution of India and the party and its government are always clear in their stand on the issue.