OBCs, SC/STs demand reservation in private sector
New Delhi, Mar 12 (UNI) The decrease in the number of Government jobs in recent years as well as the privatisation of an increasing number of public sector institutions has led people from the Other Backward Classes (OBC) and those from the Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) to raise a demand for reservation in the private sector.
Infact, organisations fighting for the rights of the OBCs and SC/STs have, of late, raised the demand for reservation for these sections in the Central Government Educational institutions, professional institutions like the IITs and the IIMs as well as in the judiciary.
For example, the Mahatma Phule Samata Parishad, an organisation advocating for reservations for the OBCs, have demanded a separate reservation for these sections in State Legislatures and parliament, in the same manner as that for the SC/STs.
The organisation has also demanded that a list of the OBCs be prepared and incorporated in the Constitution as a separate schedule, as in case of the SCs/STs and that there should be a separate counting of the OBCs at the time of Census.
Among the other demands, raised by the Parishad, is the setting up of a separate ministry at the Central and state level for the comprehensive development of the OBCs, reservation for them in the private sector, 27 per cent reservation in private educational institutions and professional educational institutions, 50 per cent reservation for them in all levels of judiciary.
It also demanded reservation of 27 per cent seats for the OBCs in the central and state election bodies like the UPSC and the PSCs, removal of the creamy layer provision in reservation for the OBCs, a constitutional status for the National OBC Commission, setting up of an independent Central financial and development corporation for the OBCs and tabling in Parliament of a white paper on reservation for the OBCs.
At the same time, the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations, the umbrella organisation of all SC/ST employees and social organisations, has also raised the demand for their reservation in the private sector following the increasing corporatisation of the public sector organisations.
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