Zulfkar, Kohli call on PM; seek reservation in promotions

Two Cabinet Ministers of J&K Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali and Abdul Ghani Kohli along with other representatives of Forum of SC, ST Legislators and Parliamentarians called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his office and pitched for empowering weaker sections of the society.
These leaders supported reservation in promotions to the State Government employees belonging to weaker section and RBA and termed it a matter of right guaranteed by the Constitution of India.
Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister for Food and Consumer Affairs, Dr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker Punjab Legislative Assembly, Vjay Sampla, Union Minister of State for Social Justice, Dhani Ram Shandil, Minister for Social Justice HP Government, Arjum Ram Meghwal, MP, Amar Shankar Sable, MP, Anand Rao MP, Inder Iqbal Atwal, former MLA and working President of Forum of SC, ST Legislators and Parliamentarians of India, Thupstan Chhewang, Member Parliament, Faggan Singh Kulaste, MP and Chairman Lok Sabha Committee on Welfare of SC & ST, Dr Kirti Bhai Solanki, MP, Vincent H Pala, MP, Rattan Lal Kataria, MP, Ram Dass Athawale MP, Dr Sunil Baliram Gaikwad, MP, Geeta Kothapalli, MP, Virender Kashap MP, Ajay Tama MP, BV Nayak MP and CL Rulla MP were part of the delegation.
Pitching for extending reservations to the reserved category employees of J&K in promotions, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali and Abdul Gani Kohli apprised Prime Minister that High Court of Jammu & Kashmir has passed judgment striking down Section 6 of J&K Reservation Act and Rules 9, 10 and 34 of J&K Reservation Rules 2005.
These leaders said that this judgment abrogates the benefits of reservation in favour of SC, ST, OBC, RBA and other reserved category officials of J&K in promotions. They said that consequently 10 % reservation to STs and 8 % reservations to SCs has been abrogated which is gross violation of the conditional provisions of Constitution of India.
Forum leaders requested PM to take up the matter with J&K Government for bringing a law in the State Legislature to reverse the High Court judgment and provide for reservations in promotions.
On the occasion, Zulfkar said that big chunk of population of SC, ST, OBC and RBA people which reside in backward areas of J&K are having no educational and other facilities and now they are being deprived of reservations also. He said that there is a social stigma on the RBA people and other reserved category people and this reservation was meant to remove this social stigma. He, however, said that still reservation could not completely remove this stigma and thus there is a dire need to continue reservations to the reserved categories till the objective is achieved.
Abdul Gani Kohli also highlighted that reservations in appointments and promotions were given to improve the economic and social standard of the people of SC, ST, OBC and RBA. “The reservation in appointment and promotions of the people of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Other backward Classes, Resident of Backward Areas and other reserved categories has been granted through a number of Acts and Rules of Government and these reservations are meant to improve the economic and social standard of the people of these categories”, he added.
The other points raised by the leaders in the meeting included education issue of reserved category people, strengthening implementation of Atrocity Act 1989, special component and Tribal Sub Plan, revision of pre and post matric scholarship, giving equal status of Rajghat to Parinrvan Bhumi, reservations in private sectors, stopping of outsourced contract system in urban and local bodies and various other issues pertaining to the welfare of weaker sections of society.

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