Walkouts over SC/ST quota

LUCKNOW: The Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Shikshak Dal members staged walkouts over different issues in Vidhan Parishad on Thursday.

Through two different adjournment notices, the issue of non-complaince of quota fixed for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe people in government jobs was raised by BSP. SP members raised the issue of quota for OBCs. At one stage, the SP members appeared non-plussed when the issue of creamy layer and most backward castes was raised during discussion on the admissibility of the adjournment notice regarding reservation for OBCs.

Speaking on the admissibility of his adjournment notice under rule 105, BSP leader Sukhdeo Rajbhar said that the Act relating to SC/St was being superseded by a government order. This GO which violated the provisions of the Act could not remain in force after that. Another BSP member Naseemuddin Siddiqui pointed out that though a ban had been imposed on recruitments, ad hoc appointment were being made from back door by various departments to prevent the appointment of SC/ST candidates.

Leader of the House Lalji Tandon said that if the GO violated the provisions of Act, it would be examined. He said that according to a Supreme Court order no reservation was granted on single posts.

SP members Ahmad Hasan, who is also leader of opposition, Ram Asrey Vishwakarma and Balram Yadav gave an adjournment notice under rule 105 in which it was stated that the quota fixed for OBCs in government and semi-governemnt jobs was not being filled. Vishwakarma demanded that since Uttaranchal had been formed, reservation for hill people under OBC quota should be stopped. BSP member Sukhdeo Rajbhar demanded that a special campaign be launched to fill up the OBC quota.

Another BSP member Daya Ram Pal drew the attention of the House towards a Supreme Court ruling that creamy layer should not be given benefit of reservation. Ahmad Hasan alleged that SC/ST and OBCs were not given appointment during group `C' recruitments. When BJP member KP Tiwari informed the House about the steps taken by Bihar government for the benefit of the most backward castes, and said Chhedi Lal Commission on OBCs had identified backward and most backward castes which should be implemented, the SP members said that he was trying to create a rift among OBCs.

Tandon said that Ambedkar wanted reservation for the down-trodden, but later it was linked with castes. He said that now it was no more an issue of social justice. He said that reservation norms were being followed in promotion, but quota could be filled up when recruitments were made. On this SP members staged a walkout followed by BSP members. The Chairman rejected the notice and said the matter could be discussed during general discussion on budget.

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Published on: June 2, 2001
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