JKRCEA demands laws to empower SC/ST & OBC

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec 31: Maintaining that only grant of reservation in recruitment to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other reserved categories can’t solely end socio- economical and educational discrimination with these communities, Jammu Kashmir Reserved Categories Empowerment Alliance (JKRCEA) today stressed for legislation of appropriate laws to empower these sections of society so that their socio-economical and employment rights are safeguarded.
The issue was highlighted and discussed threadbare during a meeting of JKRCEA held here today at Guru Ravi Dass Mandir, Bahu Fort. Presided over by Dr Sanjay Bhasin, State chief of JKRCEA, the programme was attended by a large number of dignitaries, scholars, students and women from amongst these communities.
Dr Bhasin, in his address, stated that reservation granted in recruitment has up to some extent transformed the living standards of SCs/STs and OBCs but due to denial of reservation in promotion, de-reservation of various vacancies meant for them, discriminations meted out to these communities in various developmental schemes, a large chunk of reserved categories population is marginalized and is still reeling under the grip of backwardness and social trauma.
“Only the appropriate enactment and implementation of reservation can restore their rights and empower them to raise their life on prototype of other sections of our society” he added.
Dr Zabeer Ahmed Bajjar, general secretary of JKRCEA said though J&K has its own law on reservation known as the “Jammu & Kashmir Reservation Act-2004” but due to its non-implementation, these communities are not getting their due share in recruitment, promotions and other facilities as enshrined in this Act.
He further said that the SCs/STs and other reserved categories have recorded considerable progress in getting Government jobs but concrete efforts are required in shape of laws to implement reservation in promotions and to safe guard other rights so that these communities may not feel discrimination at any level.