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Govt not to relent, says committed to reservation

The Prime Minister said he will ensure rapid improvement in the social and educational status of the OBCs.

india Updated: May 20, 2006 17:35 IST

Amidst a political storm over reservations, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday declared his government's commitment to ensure rapid improvement in the social and educational status of the backward classes and minorities.

Without referring to the current controversy over reservation, he said his government was committed to the welfare of the Dalits and tribals and all weaker sections of minorities.

"Our government has given all our minorities a new sense of confidence. We will ensure rapid improvement in the social and educational status of the backward classes and minorities," Singh said adding "this is our solemn commitment".

Recalling the achievements of the government, Singh said a bill to give tribals the right to live in their natural forest land and cultivate their lands in the agency areas would soon be introduced.

First Published: May 20, 2006 10:30 IST