Betul Madhya Pradesh): The SAPAKS movement for protecting the rights of those from the unreserved category, the most deprived sections and minorities is gaining ground across the State.
A SAPAKS meeting, attended by a large number of government employees and others, ended yesterday by passing a resolution seeking the rationalisation of reservation and particularly demanding that it should not be on caste but economic basis. The demand was also raised for immediate scrapping of “Reservation in Promotion” and also the gross misuse of the SC/ST (Atrocities) Act.
The Madhya Pradesh Government led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan particularly came under sharp attack at this meeting as it has gone in appeal to the Supreme Court against the Jabalpur High Court order which declared the 2002 provision for Reservation in Promotion introduced by the previous Digvijay Singh Government as null and void. The State government is using tax payers’ money to pay hefty fees to top lawyers to frustrate the respondents who have already been crushed by the reservation in promotion policy.
At the Betul meeting of SAPAKS yesterday, Rajeev Khandelwal, a prominent lawyer, social worker, columnist and son of a former State minister, along with many supporters joined SAPAKS. He has been nominated as the convener for Betul and also as a state executuve member.