SC/ST rally presses for reservation in pvt sector

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New Delhi, Dec 10 (UNI) Several hundred Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe employees, officers and others from all over the nation today pressed for reservation in the private sector, enactment of the Reservation Act, filling up of backlog vacancies and reservation in the judiciary and the armed forces at a mammoth rally here.

Addressing the rally, National Chairman of the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations Udit Raj lamented that the UPA government had done nothing significant for the upliftment of dalits during its tenure so far.

In a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he urged the government to enact the Reservation Act without delay and wondered why it had not been passed even after the Standing Committee headed by E M Sudarsana Nachiyappan had submitted its report in Parliament in 2005.

Regarding the filling up of backlog posts, he said Dr Singh had himself told him recently that 53,000 posts had been filled. But this was nothing considering the number of backlog posts, Mr Raj said.

On reservation in the private sector, Mr Raj said, ''Under the pressure from the government and the Confederation, the Committee appointed by the CII under the chairmanship of J J Irani made recommendations to provide education and training to dalits and tribals. So far, nothing has been done in this regard.'' He urged the government to take a tough stand on the issue and enact a law for the purpose.

In the memorandum, he also lamented that when reservation existed for law making and enforcing institutions, why it was not provided in the judiciary as well. ''Out of a total of 610 judges, only 20 belong to Dalit community.'' All judicial services should be introduced as provided under Article 312 of the Constitution to ensure participation of dalits and tribals in higher judiciary, he demanded, alleging that the present system had given rise to corrupt judges like former Chief Justice of India Y K Sabharwal.

UNI

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