In an attempt to woo its traditional vote bank, including the minority community and people belonging to backward and most backward castes, the RJD Sunday went all out in its Lok Sabha poll manifesto promising a plethora of initiatives for them.
The manifesto promises ending the contractual system of employment in the state and regularising teachers, anganwadi sevikas, assistants, computer operators, drivers, engineers, doctors, home guards and others working on contract.
Foremost among its poll promises, the RJD said it would provide reservation to the minority community in jobs and educational opportunities in government and semi-government institutions.
Releasing the party manifesto, RJD president Lalu Prasad said, “We will also bring changes into Article 341 to ensure Scheduled Caste status to Dalit Muslims and Dalit Christians.”
The RJD manifesto vows to implement the suggestions of Sachar Committee and Ranganath Mishra Committee for the minorities. Urdu teachers will be compulsorily appointed in private schools, and an anti-riot force with proper representation of minorities in it would be formed.
“The cases of Muslim youths who are languishing in jail for a long time in the name of terrorism will be reviewed,” Prasad said. The RJD said they will provide reservation to people belonging to Extremely Backward Castes (EBC) in private sector and judicial services.
The party promised to initiate sincere efforts to provide to SC and ST status to 14 castes in EBC category. These include boatmen, barbers, carpenters, potters, gardeners, ironsmiths and Chandravanshis.