BSP welcomes U.P. ordinance

LUCKNOW, SEPT 16. The Bahujan Samaj Party leader, Ms. Mayawati, today welcomed the Uttar Pradesh ordinance promulgated to provide special reservation for most Dalits and most backwards but expressed her doubts over the intentions of the State Government in implementing its provisions.

Talking to newspersons here Ms. Mayawati said her party members would vote in favour of the bill to be introduced in the Assembly to replace the ordinance promulgated by the Governor yesterday. The BSP had all support to plans undertaken to do justice to the deprived sections but keeping in view the track record of the BJP, it was doubtful if the provisions of the ordinance would be implemented in practice.

Giving her reasons she said the State Government move had already been challenged in the Supreme Court in connivance with BJP leaders themselves. This was enough to speak of the intentions of the State Government. She criticised the Samajwadi Party for the resignation of its MLAs describing it as a ``political gimmick''. The SP did not want to make its stand clear on the Rajnath Singh government's decision to provide reservation within reservation for most backwards and most Dalits and this was the reason behind the resignation of its MLAs she said.

The ordinance called the ``Uttar Pradesh Public Service (Reservation for Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and other backward classes) Amendment Ordinance 2001 has divided the backward class into three categories - backward, more backward and most backward ,while the scheduled castes have been categorised into two parts, A and B.

Among OBCs, the reservation percentage would be 5,9 and 14 for the three categories respectively.The backwards among them comprise only one caste - Yadav, more backwards have eight castes and the most backwards, 70 castes.

In the case of scheduled castes the reservation would be 10 per cent for Category A and 11 per cent for Category B. Scheduled tribes, which earlier had two per cent reservation, would now have a share of only one per cent as their ratio in the State's population has been reduced with the creation of the Uttaranchal State.

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Published on:sep 17, 2001
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