More reservation for SCs, BCs, new Bill proposes
Deccan Chronicle, 21st October 2000

New Delhi, Oct. 20: A Bill is likely to be introduced in the Winter Session of Parliament to increase the percentage of reserved seats for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes in the Lok Sabha and the Vidhan Sabhas. Disclosing this, Communications Minister RamVilas Paswan said that this had become necessary because the percentage of reserved seats was 22.5 percent while according to 1991 census figures the population of Dalits and tribals had risen to 24.8 per cent. The new legislation will ensure that this anomaly is removed.

Paswan, who returned after addressing a successful "Parivartan Rally" at Ambedkar Park, Mumbai, on Thursday, said that the NDA government had done far more for the Dalits and tribals than most of its predecessors. After the V P Singh regime, uplift of the SCs and the STs had received a fillip only during NDA tenure, he asserted.

He said when he met Vajpayee at Breach Candy Hospital, he briefed him about the collapse of the Muslim-Yadav plank of Laloo in Bihar and the resultant spurt in violence in the State."I told Vajpayee that after he returns to New Delhi we need to give priority to the affairs of Bihar and he agreed," Paswan said.

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