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Paswan presses for quota in pvt sector

UNION MINISTER of Chemical and Fertilizer, Steel Ramvilas Paswan said that the Union Government should bring amendment bill in Parliament ensuring quota to the schedule caste and schedule tribe in the private sector.

india Updated: Nov 17, 2006 01:49 IST

UNION MINISTER of Chemical and Fertilizer, Steel Ramvilas Paswan said that the Union Government should bring amendment bill in Parliament ensuring quota to the schedule caste and schedule tribe in the private sector.

He said the business houses would not take initiative on it’s own for reservation to the economically and socially backward in the private sector. The government was left with no other option but to amend the Constitution. The article 15 (4) of the Constitution clearly states that socially and educationally backward should get priority in the job.

Talking to media persons, he said instead of the name of the candidate, the interview should be held on code number. The Dalit candidate was generally recognised by the name and was discriminated in the recruitment.

Raising question over the recent order of the Supreme Court on the creamy layer, Paswan said, in an earlier order the nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court had removed schedule caste and schedule tribe from the creamy layer.

Now the five-judge bench has included the SC/ST in the creamy layer. The Union Government was seriously thinking over Constitution amendment on the issue, Paswan said. The amendment bill might be brought in the winter session of the Parliament.

He said Lok Janshakti Party would raise the issue for reservation of the Dalit, backward and general minorities in the government jobs. While Dalit Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists were enjoying reservation, the Dalit Muslims and Christians have been deprived of reservation. They should be included in the reservation quota of schedule caste and schedule tribe.

The backward Muslims and Christian should get reservation in the quota for backwards by the Mandal Commission, he said. The general category Muslims were educationally and socially backward and they should also get benefit of reservation.

His party would raise the issue in its national executive to be held in Delhi on December 25 and 26. The LJP has planned to oraganise Dalit-Muslim conference. Representatives from 18 countries were expected to participate in the conference.

Speaking on the State politics, Paswan opposed implementation of the President rule in the State. He said imposition of the President rule would divert the attention of the people from the main issue. “The people in general are against Samajwadi Party and they would vote it out of power in the coming Vidhan Sabha election.”

“The Election Commission has conducted free and fair elections in Bihar. It would adopt same measures here too when UP goes to election”, he said.

He called upon all the anti-BJP, SP and-BSP parties to join hand to present a new alternative to the people before the Vidhan Sabha election. “I have raised the issue with the UPA president Sonia Gandhi and urged her that Congress should join Jan Morcha alliance to ensure the defeat of the divisive forces in the election,” he said.

He attacked the BSP for diluting its philosophy for the sake of power. “Earlier, BSP leaders condemned Brahmin, Thakur and Baniya community, now they have opened the door for the upper caste while Dalit is being sidelined. Now Mayawati is calling Muslims fundamentalists,” he said. The Vidhan Sabha election would prove to be last nail in the coffin of the BSP and SP”, Paswan claimed.rajesh.singh@hindustantimes.com