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 genera election to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly.
The announcement was made by SAPAKS Samaj Patron Hiralal Triverdi, who is a retired IAS officer and former State Information Commissioner. He presided over crucial session 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.
Another retired IAS officer Ms Veena Ghanekar, also attended the proceedings. Prominent among others present were Dr. K. L. Sahu, former Director Health, SAPAKS Samaj founder President Lalit Shastri, SAPAKS Samaj President P. S. Parihar, Sapaks Samaj Youth Wing president Abhishek Soni and other office bearers. Shyam Sundar Yadav of the Lokrantrik Samajwadi Party was there as a special invitee.
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 as 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 basisi 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 is so dedicated to a particular class that all the resources and facilities of the state are being squandered on them, but in every injustice it is standing right there. Citing the latest example of the Supreme Court verdict in the Atrocity Act case, 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. 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 is suffering without jobs and many brilliants stidents are even being forced to commit suicide.
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 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 its point and convey to those in power and the politcal parties thatonly resort to vote bank politics to stay in power that the people are now fed up with reservation on caste lines.
The Sapaks delegates approved a six point charter of demands including:
Hostel facilties for students belonging to the general category in the State capital, divisional and district headquarters as were being provded to the SC/ST students; equal facilities for all in schools and colleges irrespective of their class or category, and there should be no discrimination between different categories of people when it comes to providing benefits and concessions to those in teh farm sector.
Besides Rajeev Sharma, the session was also attended by Hiralal Trivedi, Dr. KL Sahu, former Director Health, Sapaks President Dr. K.S. Tomar, Sapaks founder member 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 is not restricted to combating the injustice in promotions but it concerns injustice with everyone and at all levels. Whether it is a policy of exploitation by providing employment on contract basis or discrimination when it comes to the youth and farmers. It was decided in the conference that the institution will continuously organize rallies at district and development block level throughout the state for social awareness on all these issues.