Mayawati for reservation in private sector for SCs, STs

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Shimla, Dec 8 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati today demanded reservation for Schedule Castes, schedule Tribes and Other Backward Castes (OBCs) in the private sector, saying this was essential in view of the job opportunities drying up in the government sector.

Addressing public meetings at Solan and Shimla in support of the party candidates, she said due to limited employment opportunities in the government sector, the Centre should also consider extending reservation for the SCs, STs and OBCs in the private sector.

Stating that she was not against handing over sick public sector units (PSUs) to private companies, Ms Mayawati said, however, a certain percentage of jobs should be reserved for the weaker sections of society.

She said the BSP was in favour of reserving 10 per cent jobs in government and private sectors for the poor among the upper castes.

The BSP, which is contesting for all the 65 assembly seats in the December 19 elections was with the economically and socially poor, who had been left out of the development process, she added.

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister called upon all sections of society to join the party and said both the Congress and the BJP had done precious little for the common man during their respective tenures in the state.

Referring to a number of welfare steps taken by her government in the State, she said over 15 lakh landless people had been provided land for their houses, besides increasing the wages of agricultural workers to Rs 100 from Rs 50.

She came down heavily on the BJP and the Congress for their failure to draft a policy for the migrant agriculture labourers and said despite their vast numbers, they had been left in the lurch.

Reiterating her party's stand on building a casteless society in the country, Ms Mayawati said the economically poor and the weaker section of society should not be kept out of the development process.

The rally was also addressed by state convenor Vijai Singh Mankotia.

UNI

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