JAMMU, Jan 24: Representatives of various reserved categories under the banner of JK Reserve Categories Empowerment Alliance (JKRCEA) have decided to hold a peaceful march on January 28, 2017 from Bahu Fort to Civil Secretariat in view of no apparent response from the present political dispensation, biased attitude of the State bureaucracy and non-response of Governor on the issues concerning them.
The leaders of Alliance said reserved categories had pinned lot of hopes for overall development and welfare of reserved categories of State who constitute almost 60-65% population of J&K and 100% tribal population in Ladakh region. They also expected proper implementation of reservation in recruitment, promotion and all other developmental schemes but the way, the issue of reservation in promotion was dealt with by the Government, first in High Court and then callous and non-committal attitude in Supreme court, reserved categories representatives are left with no other choice to hold a massive peaceful protest march on January 28 2017 to press for their demand of restoration of reservation in promotions.
Bodh Raj Bhagat, warned the bureaucrats not to mis-interpret the Supreme Court order with a preconceived bias and in haste. Bhagat also expressed doubt that some conspiracy has been hatched by some upper caste employees, organizations along with bureaucrats.
Sham Lal Bassan, lambasted the failure of previous Governments to adopt the 77th, 81st & 85th Amendments of Indian Constitution. He requested the Chief Minister to call for Cabinet meeting and adopt the said amendments to negate the High Court order.
Ch Nazakat Khatana said that present political regime came to power on the issues of development of all sections and welfare of disadvantaged sections but during their rule, atrocities on SC/STs and other religious majorities have increased. He said that these sections would leave no stones unturned to get their due rights.
Ch Talib Hussain, a student leader, lambasted upon the Government and said that against their quota of 8% & 10% in direct recruitments, they have been given only 3% & 7% which is much less in promotions. Few bureaucrats and some rich employees are hell bent upon damaging the present representation system for reserved categories.
The representatives of reserved categories under the banner of JKRCEA who unanimously resolved to hold a mass peaceful march on January 28, 2017 from Bahu Fort to Civil Secretariat were Sham Bassan (Dalit Chetna Manch), Bodh Raj Bhagat (All India Bhagat Mahasabha), R L Bharti, Mohinder Bhagat, Prof G L Thappa, Ch Yaseen Poswal, Ch Nazakat Khatana, Abdul Majid Malik, Prof Kali Dass, Ch Talib, Ch Guftar, Altaf Choudhary and Bharat Hans.
Others present in the press conference were, Bahadur Lal, Behari Lal, Son Nath Taroch, Manohar lal, Vijay Shivgotra, M R Bangotra, Madan Lal, Somdutt, Amarnath Balgotra, Madan Langeh, Paras Ram, Mohan Lal, K L Dogra, Tara Chand and T C Bavoria.