The Christian Dalit Association, Jammu, has decided to intensify their struggle to secure 1% reservation to the community members in government jobs and professional courses. They will also press for setting up of a Christian Dalit Backward Development Board.
The association will launch a concerted campaign and members will submit representations to legislators to raise the issue in the state assembly and council. The association has already submitted such representation to MLA Ashok Khajuria.
A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting convened and presided over by association president S Peter on Sunday. Addressing the meeting, Peter stated that Christians Dalits were the most backward socially, economically as well as professionally. "Most of community members are engaged in menial jobs of scavenging, as safai karamcharis in the civic bodies. But unfortunately they are not accorded the status of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes or even backward classes. There is no reservation for them in government jobs or professional courses,"Peter said.
The association has appealed to chief minister Omar Abdullah to take effective steps for uplifting the Christians Dalits by providing them at least 1% reservation jobs.