Paswan slams Maya,says amended SC/ST Bill to be tabled in LS

After BSP MPs created a ruckus in the Lok Sabha and forced an adjournment,Union Minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 20, 2009 11:55 pm

After BSP MPs created a ruckus in the Lok Sabha and forced an adjournment,Union Minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan told reporters that all the ‘objectionable portions’ of The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Reservation in Jobs and Posts) Bill 2008,including exemption of reservation in the teaching faculty of government-owned institutes of higher education,will be amended and brought in the Lok Sabha during the current session.

“Objectionable clauses including the one that said there will be no reservation in the teaching faculty of 47 scheduled universities have been amended. The Bill with amendments ensuring provision for reservation for the SCs and STs even in the teaching faculty of Central institutes would be brought in the Lok Sabha during the current session itself,” Paswan declared and added that the Bill with amendments will be reverted to the Rajya Sabha. Interestingly,the original Bill with controversial portions had been passed by the Rajya Sabha during the last session of Parliament.

Castigating BSP chief Mayawati for demanding withdrawal of the Bill,Paswan charged that her concern for the cause of the SCs and STs was cosmetic. “None of her MPs turned up when the Government called meetings to suggest amendments to the Bill. Now when the amendments have been accepted,Mayawati has written to the PM demanding withdrawal of the Bill. After 25 years of struggle I have got this Bill and anybody opposing it is an enemy of the Dalits,” he said.

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