Reservation system should not be scrapped, says Jain

2nd Oct. 2000
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Oct 1-"Before going in for amendments in the Constitution we should first ascertain the reasons for the non-implementation of all the provisions that could bring about the desired results," said Babu Parmanand, the Governor of Haryana. He was speaking on a seminar at 'Review of constitutional provisions regarding SC and ST and their proper implementation for social economic justice ' organised by the North India SC and ST Welfare Association at DAV College here today.

He said, even 50 years after the Constitution came into force there was not much welfare for the Dalits. Whatever the progress was, it was just because of momentum that is a natural phenomenon. He further said that change was the rule of the world and there should be a provision for the amendments.

Mr M.L. Ranga, Health Minister of the state said," the existing Constitution has all the benefits for the minorities. For instance the fundamental rights foster social revolution by guranteeing equality, prohibiting discrimination on the ground of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, abolishing untouchability and banning trafficking in human beings and forced labour.

Part III of the Constitution also protects lingual, cultural and educational interests of minorities and confers on them a right to establish and administer educational institutions."

He also said, despite the constitutional mandate and commitment to social revolution supplemented by appropriate ordinary legislations, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and other weaker sections of the society were struggling hard for social justice.

Mr Satyapal Jain, former MP of the city, said the present government had no intention of taking back the provisions that were in the interest of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

He said ,"Only provisions in the Constitution are not the solution to the problems of the dalits. Can we say that after so many years of independence untouchability is over by now? If you say yes then go down to Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and you will get a first hand experience."

He said the intercaste marriages between the lower and upper class people should be encouraged and the reservation system should not be scrapped.

The other speakers on the occasion were Mr Rajinder Sachar, former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Mr P.S, Krishnan, former Secretary, Ministry of Welfare and Empowerment, Mr R.L. Batta, advocate, Mr Sukhdev Singh, former Agricultural Commissioner, Mr K.C. Shenmar and Mr Sangeeta Rao.

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