JAMMU, Feb 21: Various like minded organisations like All India Confederation of SC/ST/OBC Organisations, Dalit OBC Minority (DOM, National Student and Youth Front (NSYF) gathered at Ambedkar Chowk, here today and held protest against the policies of Government which are against the interest of vulnerable sections.
This was a non- political call given under no single leadership and the purpose was to show resentment over the policies of Government and discuss the issues pertaining to lower castes/classes.
RK Kalsotra, State president, All India Confederation of SC/ST/OBC and DOM said that time and again, they have written to the Central authorities concerning the issues of national relevance to the LG, but no such heed has been paid to the demands.
He said that the today’s protest was a symbolic protest at Ambedkar Chowk. It was an open invitation for people from all walks of life to show resentment against the policies of Government.
He said there were certain issues concerning the national level like increasing privatisation, dilution of public sector enterprises, controversial farmers laws, judgements on reservation, lateral entry in Government appointments. Similarly, the issues of UT level include pending backlog of 1.04 lakhs, timely scholarship for students, special recruitment drives for employment, restoration of land rights, permanent absorption of daily wages, employment package for J&K youths and reservation in promotions among others.
Kulwant Singh said that farmers’ laws are being contested on the bases of increased privatisation in the agriculture sector. This will not only impact the farmers but ultimately the consumer too. Rich or poor, both will be equally affected. Thus, such laws should be taken back. Kuldeep Kumar said that lateral entry in UPSC is a threat to the interests of lower castes as well as class. Every year over 120 IAS officers are selected by a rigorous examination process. Now, about 30 officers will be given lateral entry at the discretion of Government. This undermines the sanctity of the process and defeats its purpose.
Khalid Tufail, Gurjeet Singh, Tanveer Hussain, Mohinder Singh Khalsa, Gulam Mohd Qazi, Didar Singh, Ramesh Sarmal, Ashok Kumar, Ab Hamid Khan, Davinder Singh, Tarseem Khullar, Suraj Parkash, Amaranth Bhagat and others also joined.