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Industry backs anti-reservationists

THE TRADE and industry associations have openly come out in support of the anti-reservation stand of the Junior Doctors Association.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 14:29 IST

THE TRADE and industry associations have openly come out in support of the anti-reservation stand of the Junior Doctors Association. 

The Bhopal Chambers of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) has extended its support to the striking medicos. 

“The reservation issue against which the doctors are on strike is genuine and we whole-heartedly support the cause,” said president of BCCI, Santosh Agarwal while taking to the Hindustan Times. However, he said the BCCI would not be involved in the proposed ‘Bhopal Bandh’ by the medicos.

“Neither we’re giving any call for bandh nor we’re involved in it in any way,” he clarified.

Association of Industries, Mandideep president DK Jain said the association supports each and every move of the agitating students and doctors. He said the government should learn a lesson after the recent resignation of two members of the National Knowledge Commission.

In professional areas, the government should refrain from imposing any kind of reservation on caste basis.

If the government is serious about extending benefits to the OBC, it should help them by providing financial assistance in form of scholarships, coaching and study materials,” he said.

The association strongly feels that reservation on caste basis would have a damaging effect on industry as it would adversely affect the talent pool.

Pithampur Audhogik Sangathan echoed the similar sentiments. “Of the total workforce, only seven per cent is present in the organised sector and out of this private sector represents only four percent. If selection to management cadre is made on reservation basis, it would completely destroy the industry,” warns Sangathan’s president Gautam Kothari.  

“There’re innumerable examples in Govindpura itself, where people from backward classes joined industry as mere workers, but after upgrading their knowledge and skills, they have risen to the supervisory category — without any form of government reservation,” remarked president, Industries Association, Govindpura.

The Bhopal Chemists’ Association has extended full cooperation and support to the bandh. “We’ll keep our establishments closed during bandh to support the cause,” remarked association’s president Lalit Jain.