Castigating the Sate govt. for ignoring the rights of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other reserved categories, JKRCEA asked to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to take the necessary steps in its executive body meeting today held at Guru Ravi Dass Gurudhwara Hall, Bahu Fort.
The socio-religious, retired SC/ST/OBC employees, women and youth & students wings of Jammu Kashmir Reserved Categories Empowerment Alliance (JKRCEA), have also urged the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to immediately intervene and initiate immediate measures to safeguard the rights of SC/ST & OBC people so that their burning issues be settled once for ever and warned that otherwise the leaders of JKRCEA would launch a state wide campaign against the discriminatory treatment done to them by the present coalition govt. which may thereafter lead to a political debacle.
Chairing the meeting, Bodh Raj Bhagat, President of Socio-religious wing of JKRCEA, said that the govt. has been intimated time and again about the demands of these communities with regard to the restoration of reservation in promotions, appointing of SC Member to JKPSC, filling of backlog vacancies and inter-district recruitment for ST category but unfortunately the authorities have not paid any heed to the demands of SC/ST & OBC condemnable.
He further said that the present govt. is either not interested at all to take the reserved categories along or has taken them for granted. In both the cases, the coalition govt. is responsible for that, Bhagat added. He urged the Chief Minister to personally intervene to settle the issues of these communities and stop ignoring these peoples who constitute about 60% of total population of the state and in fact, have a great bearing in government formation.
Sham Lal Basson said that it is unfortunate that despite the fact that the Apex Court has stayed the High Court verdict on reservation in promotions and the J&K High Court has also ordered for implementation of Apex Court ruling in the case, the government machinery has adopted contemptuous attitude and has out rightly defied the Court orders. He further informed that the issue was also brought into the notice of Chief Minister at many times and also got assurance from her for the early solution but nothing significant has been done so far.
Prof. G.L.Thappa said that the JKRCEA has apprised the Chief Minister about the demand of restoration of reservation in promotion and despite the fact the necessary directions were issued by the Chief Minister to the then Law Minister to settle the issue but unfortunately the demand of huge population of the state is still not endorse. He suggested that political solution is the only way out to settle the issue of restoration of reservation in promotion which is a sensitive socio-political affair confronting more than 60% of the population of J&K State.
Mohinder Bhagat, President All J&K Bhagat Mahasabha, demanded appointment of a SC member to J&K Public Service Commission against a vacancy created after superannuation of Lal Cand. Among the other speakers on the occasion included Prof. Kali Dass, R.C.Bhasin, Som Raj Taroch, Manohr Lal, R.L.Dogra , Sat Paul, Nighat Shafeeq, Pawan Bhagat and Manoj Kumar.