THE DEMAND of introducing reservation in private sector along with that of increasing reservation quota for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) was raised prominently during the sixth biannual State-level convention of the Anusuchit Jati, Janajati, Picchda Varg, Alpsankhayak Akhikari Karmachari Kalyan Sangh (APPAX) held here today.
APPAX leaders also strongly advocated increasing percentage of reservation in private educational institutions on lines of the Union Government. They charged that the mindset of bureaucracy is anti-reservation.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Dr Balram Jakhar said that people of suppressed classes should get their rights. He expressed the hope that the State Government would sympathetically consider the demands raised during the convention. Leaders of the organisation including State president Bhuvanesh Patel and patron Sardar Singh Dangas raised the issue of reservation prominently and urged the State Government to get the stay vacated on the issue of increasing OBC reservation from existing 14 per cent to 27 per cent.
Governor Dr Balram Jakhar was the chief guest of the function. Commerce and Industry Minister Babulal Gaur and OBCs and Minorities Welfare Minister Rustam Singh were also present. Earlier, while welcoming guests, Patel thanked the State Government for merging 50 per cent DA in basic salaries of the employees.
He, however, pointed out that the facility of merger should be given to the State employees from the date it has been given to their Central counterparts. Patel also raised the demand of paying outstanding DA installment of 9 per cent to the employees along with payment of arrears. “Ever since the present government comes to power, the practice of giving DA arrears was discontinued, as a result of which, the employees are facing problems,” said Patel adding that the State Government have to pay DA arrears of about Rs 1400 crore to the employees.
Highlighting existing discrepancies in the system, Patel said that funds meant for welfare of reserved classes and minorities not utilised effectively. Patel also urged the State Government to expedite process for vacating existing stay on increasing reservation quota for OBCs. Dangas advocated utilisation of funds on the basis of population living in a particular district.
He also raised several issues like inducting people of suppressed classes in MPPSC, amendment in roaster, filling of vacancies in totality rather in a installments, ensuring more transparency in the system and to ensure that people of suppressed classed would get benefit of schemes and policies meant for them.
In his keynote address Babulal Gaur also admitted that the demands raised by APPAX leaders were genuine. The veteran BJP leader further said that Government of India did not want to provide benefit of reservation to OBCs. That is why recommendations of Kaka Kalelkar Committee, constituted after independence, were still not implemented.
“Every one apprehended that if reservation would be introduced for OBCs, they would rule the country because there are more than 65 per cent OBCs in the country,” said Gaur.
Rustam Singh shed light on various decision taken by the State Government for the backward and other classes and said that Madhya Pradesh Government is committed for their welfare.
Taking a dig at the erstwhile Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, he said that all the problems were created because of the previous government. On the issue of increasing reservation of OBC from 14 to 27 per cent, the minister said that it was a policy issue and a final decision would be taken after taking various aspects into consideration.