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October 20, 2017

Ugta Suraj Party for reservation on economic basis and not on caste lines


Newsroom24x7 Staff

Reservation in promotion for the SCs and STs in government service is another big problem. Because of this, officers with seniority and merit rot at one post for years while the junior-most from the reserved category, even if they have adverse noting in their confidential reports or lack merit, rise to the top. This has compromised administrative efficiency to a very large extent. When a section of officers get promoted without merit there is bound to be lack of accountability leading to poor governance and also corruption.

Bhopal: Newly formed Ugta Suraj Party (USP), which is in favour of reservation on economic basis and not on caste lines, has taken a hard line on the issue of reservation and said that the Modi-led NDA Government at the Centre is trying to stretch Mandal Commission recommendations a bit too far.

Even if the sub-categorisation of OBCs for reservation brings in more sections of the population that were not getting the benefit of reservation till now under the OBC category, reservation can’t be extended beyond 50% because Supreme Court of India has given a directive to give reservation up to 50% only, Shastri pointed out. This is a directive also covered in letter and spirit in Article 15 (5 ) and 16 (4) of the Constitution.

This was emphasised by USP President Lalit Shastri, at the maiden press conference of the party in the State capital. He said we have a constitutional provision for reservation of jobs and seats in educational institutions for Scheduled Castes and Schedules Tribes. The Constitution of India initially provided for reservation for these sections in 1950 for a 10 year period with the provision that this could be extended. Unfortunately all political parties in India started treating the SCs and STs as a vote bank and cutting across party lines they have continued to extend reservation indefinitely. With the implementation of the Mandal Commission recommendations, the other backward Classes (OBCs), described as “socially and educationally backward classes” in the Constitution, are also entitled to reservations in public sector employment and higher education. The concept of creamy layer for denying reservation is only applicable in the case of OBCs and not on SCs or STs.

The Supreme court of India has ordered that reservation for the reserved categories should not exceed 50 percent. But actually those from the reserved category corner many jobs or educational seats on merit and at the same time they also have 50 per cent of jobs and seats in educational institutes reserved for them.

In this way a disproportionately small number of the total government jobs or educational seats are left for the unreserved category of people. This is unfair especially for the poor among the unreserved category, who are left out. It is gross injustice as the children of those who have already benefited from reservation from the SC and ST categories continue to have the best of both worlds especially since the poor among the SCs and STs are no match for them.

USP is firm in its stand that the 50% limit on reservation that has been fixed by the Supreme Court In India should be strictly honored and under no circumstances there should be any violation of this limit.

The USP has taken this line as the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (23 August 2017) approved a proposal for setting up of a Commission under article 340 of the Constitution to examine the issue of sub-categorization of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and this was followed up with the announcement that the creamy layer limit for the OBCs was being raised from Rs. 600,000 per annum to Rs. 800,000 per annum.

Reservation in promotion for the SCs and STs in government service is another big problem. Because of this, officers with seniority and merit rot at one post for years while the junior-most from the reserved category, even if they have adverse noting in their confidential reports or lack merit, rise to the top. This has compromised administrative efficiency to a very large extent. When a section of officers get promoted without merit there is bound to be lack of accountability leading to poor governance and also corruption.

Shastri announced that USP’s goal is to fight the scourge of poverty, illiteracy, exploitation of the weaker sections and women, poor system of education and health care, and chronic backwardness, by targeting corruption, black money, rabid divisive forces and those committing crime and atrocities against women and the deprived sections.

The USP President further said:

USP believes in winning the hearts of the youth and spreading the message of secularism, brotherhood and unity.

The party will not compromise when it comes to law and order and protecting citizens against crime. It will also do everything to ensure the fringe elements and those who have taken the path of violence return to the mainstream. This is essential for the cause of nation’s progress and welfare of the people.

USP is fully committed to the Constitution and sovereignty of India. The party has dedicated itself to work for the progress, peace and security of the nation.

USP believes in the power of the economic infrastructure and its optimum utilisation, which is essential for adding to national wealth and improving the standard of living of the people.
USP is fully aware that successive governments have paid minimum attention to Human Resource Development.

USP is also aware of its responsibility when it comes to sustainable development as well as protection and conservation of the river system, forest, wildlife and the much threatened biodiversity.

USP is for rationalising reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs. The concept of creamy layer should be applicable for all sections.

USP supports the demand for extending reservation only on economic basis.

USP is against the misuse of The Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

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