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Drop bill on SC/ST posting curbs in IIT: Maya asks Centre

Mayawati said that the proposed bill removing reservation in teaching posts for SC/STs in IITs will spoil quota benefits of such communities.

Written by Agencies | Lucknow | Published: February 18, 2009 5:42 pm

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati said on Wednesday that the proposed bill removing reservation in teaching posts for SC/STs in IITs will spoil quota benefits of such communities and appealed to the Centre to withdraw from the legislation in this regard.

The ‘Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (Posts and Services Reservation) Bill-2008 is to be tabled in Parliament on Thursday. “The Bill will prevent SC/STs from availing reservation benefits. I have written a letter to the Prime Minister,Lok Sabha speaker and UPA chairperson requesting them to reconsider and withdraw the bill,” the BSP chief told reporters in Lucknow.

“It would be unfortunate if SC/STs do not get reservation benefits in institutions in which they were availing the facility,” she argued.

Once the bill is passed,people of SC/ST communities will not enjoy reservation in teaching in 47 institutions,including IIMs and IITs.

“This (the Bill) will devoid SC/ST candidates of reservation benefits for Group-A posts in IIMs,IITs and central universities”,she said.

Terming Congress as “casteist” party,Mayawati alleged that it wanted to scrap provisions of reservation and was getting help of BJP in its endeavour.

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