Maya opposes UPA’s proposed bill on SC/ST reservation

Accusing the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance of having an anti-Dalit mentality,Chief Minister Mayawati on Wednesday asked the Centre to drop the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (Reservation in Posts and Services) Bill,2008,which will be tabled before the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: February 19, 2009 12:35 am

Accusing the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) of having an anti-Dalit mentality,Chief Minister Mayawati on Wednesday asked the Centre to drop the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (Reservation in Posts and Services) Bill,2008,which will be tabled before the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

The Bill has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha. According to Mayawati,if the Bill gets the approval of the Lok Sabha and becomes a legislation,those belonging to the SC/ST will not be able to avail reservation facilities anymore in 47 higher educational institutions.

Referring the government’s move as “against the Constitution”,Mayawati said she has faxed letters in this regard to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

She has also appealed to the Opposition to stand united in opposing the Bill.

“If the UPA goes ahead with the Bill,the Congress will have to face dire consequences in the coming Lok Sabha elections,” warned Mayawati.

“It’s beyond comprehension that in 61 years of Independence,a situation has emerged in which SC and ST people are considered unsuitable for holding higher posts in technical and management institutions,” Mayawati’s letter stated.

She added that according to a provision in the Bill,people belonging to SC/ST categories won’t be able to avail reservation facilities for posts higher than Group A positions and those classified as scientific or technical posts.

The move will deprive those belonging to the SC/ST categories from getting higher-level jobs in institutes like IITs,IIMs,Central and technical universities,she added.

Mayawati alleged that thorough this Bill,the Congress was trying to gradually scrap all facilities enjoyed by the SC/ST categories.

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