JALANDHAR: The Punjab scheduled castes and backward classes employees federation opposed the move of the Congress (I) government to insert economic criterion in the Mandal commissioner report to broad base the scope of benefits to the weaker sections of society besides the other backward classes.

Daler Singh Daler president of the Punjab scheduled castes and backward classes employees federation at a press conference held here on Friday strongly condemned the Narshimha Rao government from deviating from the spirit of the Mandal commission report which was meant only for the backward classes.

He said that during the past 44 years the Congress “deliberately” did not employ the reservation policy all over the country thus ignoring the constitutional rights of the backwards and scheduled castes.

Daler Singh Daler also damaged nationalization of education industry and land as it would help reduce inequalities in the society. The federation was of the view that the reservation policy be implemented on social basis and reservation act legislated for effective implementation of the reservation policy.

The backing of jobs for SC/BC categories in government and semi government departments be filled it added Daler Singh Daler condemned the Punjab government suggestion to include economic criterion in the reservation policy.

He said the view to this effect expressed by Beant Singh at the Chief Ministers conference recently has exposed the real face of the Punjab Chief Minister. The measure he added was aimed at finishing the reservation indirectly. The aim was to Water down the benefits recommended for the backward classes in the Mandal commission reports he pointed out.

The federation demanded amendment in the Constitution for implementing the reservation policy in judiciary and Rajya Sabha fully It said the minimum wage of a laborer be fixed at Rs 3000 per month in view of the rising cost of living

Daler said that quota of reservation and promotion for SC/BC employees be raised to 32% in accordance with the 1991 census.

Article extracted from this publication >> May 1, 1992