SC/ST govt job promotions quota bill moved in Rajya Sabha amid high drama

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Supporting the bill, T M Selvaganapathi (DMK) suggested the government to take away the 50 per cent cap on reservation to SCs/STs in promotions as it would be impeding factor during implementation.

AIADMK member A W Rabi Bernard also favoured the amendments saying Tamil Nadu has 69 per cent reservation quota and strong legal measures are required to ensure social equity and provide equal opportunities.

Emphasising the need to protect the reservation policy, D Raja (CPI) suggested, "Time has come, the government has to think extending reservation policy to private sector as more and more government is moving towards public private partnership (PPP)."

He pointed out "serious omissions" in the 'Statement of Objectives' of the bill and sought the government to make necessary changes.

Supporting the bill, Devender Goud (TDP) asked the government to keep in mind the interest of Other Backward Castes (OBCs) as they represent 52 per cent of the country's population.

Shiv Sena member Anil Desai opposed the move saying it would lead to inefficiency, generate feeling of frustration and heartburn among general category.

T K Rangarajan (CPI-M) said his party "supported fully" the bill as Dalits were subjected to neglect for long.

Urging parties to support the Bill, he said was it not a shame that the nation ruled by various governments including Congress, UPA and NDA could not provide even one class-I officer from SC/ST category out of 84 secretaries in the central government.

He asked Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath to make efforts to garner support from SP as well.

Rangarajan said it was a sorry state of affairs that even after seven decades of freedom, SC/ST communities were the poorest.

He said it was a matter of concern that in the past senior bureaucrats did not implement any Act for welfare of Dalits.

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