Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president and Amritsar MP Capt Amarinder Singh has said that he was in favour of increasing the ambit of reservation in jobs and education for “the needy and deserving from the general category as well”.
At an interaction with students, mostly from the Malwa region, at his residence, the New Moti Bagh Palace, Amarinder said, “I agree that without disturbing existing benefits to various sections like the SCs, the STS and the OBCs, those needy and deserving from the general categories should also be entitled to the reservation benefit,” he said in reply to a question from one of the students.
While inviting written suggestions from students, Amarinder said he would ensure that the demands were included in the manifesto of the Congress for the 2017 assembly polls. “We, in the Congress, make only those promises in the election manifesto which we can achieve,” he claimed.
Most questions from the students pertained to their aspirations for a job, with some raising the issue of drug addiction as well. A girl student raised the issue of farmer suicides and the declining profitability of agriculture.
“I am as concerned as you on these issues. Once given power, I will ensure that most educated Punjabis get jobs within the state. As for eradicating the drug menace, I have already declared that it would be eradicated within four weeks of my taking power,” he told the students. The students also clicked selfies with Amarinder and his wife Preneet Kaur.