Dalit leaders seek quota in private sector

Dalit leaders gathered in the city from across the country for a national conference unanimously demanded Wednesday reservation for the community in the private sector.

The conference also issued a 12-point programme for holisitic development of Dalits in which it demanded government as well as private enterprises reserve 25 per cent of all tenders floated for the community.

"The state is keen on privatisation. This means jobs in government sector are going down. To empower Dalits, it is imperative that state bring reservations in private sector as well," national chairman of Confederation of SC-ST Employees Udit Raj said.

He said if SCs and STs voted together, Dalits may be able to decide next PM. BJP ex-MP Ram Nath Kovind claimed NDA, when in power, was keen to bring reservations in private sector but proposal was put in cold storage after UPA came to power.

Demands

Reservation in private sector

Training and empowerment to accommodate SCs in private sector

Reservation in judiciary and cabinet

Effective PDS system

Proportional share for SCs in budgetary allocation

Free and high quality education for Dalits

25 per cent reservation in all government and private sector contracts

25 per cent reservation in plots given by industrial development corporations

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