Bhopal: It was formally announced at the one-day State convention of SAPAKS Samaj Society (General, Backward and Minority Welfare Society) here today (17 June 2018) that Sapaks Samaj would be fielding its candidates in all the 230 constituencies in the coming general election to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly.
This announcement was made by Hiralal Trivedi, a retired IAS officer, inducted recently in SAPAKS Samaj as a “सरंक्षक सदस्य” (patron member) after his retirement as State Information Commissioner.
SAPAKS Samaj Founder President and renowned journalist Lalit Shastri was present on this occasion. The session was also attended by a large number of delegates, who had come to the State capital to attend the Sapaks convention from all parts of Madhya Pradesh.
Also present as special guest was Shyam Sundar Yadav of the Lokrantrik Samajwadi Party.
It was decided at the session that if the Government goes ahead and takes any action contrary to the law, as defined by the Supreme Court, Sapaks would register stiff opposition and lodge protest.
It was pointed out by speakers – When the Jabalpur High Court has declared the Madhya Pradesh reservation in promotion Rules of 2002 as null and void and the Supreme Court has granted a stay in this matter and referred the case (2006 decision in the M Nagraj case) to a Constitution Bench, the Union Government has crossed limits by asking state governments to go ahead with promotion in reservation for the SCs and STs on the basis of a specific order of the Supreme Court which is only in context of the Government of India ministries, departments and autonomous corporations.
It was also emphasised that the State government was only dedicated to a particular class and all resources and facilities of the state were being squandered on them. The latest example of the Supreme Court verdict in the Atrocity Act case, and how the government had turned a blind eye towards those who had indulged in large-scale violence on 2 April to register protest against the Supreme Court judgement was cited as example. Even after innocent lives had been lost during the riots that followed, the officers and employees belonging to a particular category against whom there is evidence were being protected.
Due to the highly discriminatory reservartion policy and the poor standard of education, the youth was suffering due to lack of jobs and many brilliants stidents were even being forced to commit suicide, it was pointed out.
Addressing the convention as representative of Loktantrik Samajwadi party led by Raghu Thakur, the Madhya Pradesh unit President of the party Shyam Sundar Yadav, extended his party’s support to various issues being raised by Sapaks Samaj Society and said that even hsi party is ooposed to Reservation in promotion.
10 millions signatures against reservation
Presiding over the State level convention of Sapaks (General, Backward and Minority Officers and Employees’ Association held simultaneously at the same venue today, Sapaks (officers’association) Patron Rajeev Sharma, a serving IAS officer, announced that his organisation would be collecting 10 million signatures from people across the State against the reservation system in ts present form and these would be submitted to the President of India for action.
Sharma also announced that a huge rally would be organised by Sapaks in the State capital to drive home the point and convey to those in power and the politcal parties that only resort to vote bank politics to stay in power that the people were fed up with reservation on caste lines.
The Sapaks delegates approved a six point charter of demands including:
It was resolved on this occasion that hostel facilty for students belonging to the general category in the State capital, divisional and district headquarters just as it was being provded to the SC/ST students; same facilities for all in schools and colleges, irrespective of their class or category, and that there should be no discrimination between different categories of people when it came to providing benefits and concessions to those in the farm sector.
A separate session of Sapaks (officers and employees society), also held today was attended by Hiralal Trivedi, KL Sahu, aapaka founders Dr. K.S. Tomar, and Ajay Jain and the main defendent in the reservation in promotion case in the Supreme Court, R. B. Rai.
It was emphasised during the Sapaks convention that their fight was not restricted only to combating the injustice being perpetuated in promotions but was also linked to the injustice and the sufferings of people at all levels. Whether it was the exploitative policy of giving employment on contract basis or discrimination against the youth and farmers. It was decided at this convention that Sapaks will continuously organize rallies at district and development block levels throughout the state to build social awareness on all these issues.