JAMMU, Jan 11: All India Confederation of SC/ST/OBC Organizations held protest against the Government for disrespecting the Father of the Constitution Baba Sahib Dr BR Ambedkar. The protestors were wearing black badges to express their resentment.
A large number of people gathered near the statue of Baba Sahib Dr BR Ambdekar and held protest against the authorities.
The matter pertains to a letter issued by Director General, Rural Development Department, Jammu addressed to Assistant Commissioners of Jammu Division directing them to ensure the presence of newly elected Sarpanches for their oath ceremony at Gulshan Ground, Panama Chowk, Jammu. It is pertinent to mention here that the official name of this chowk is Dr BR Ambdekar Chowk and mentioning its name as Panama Chowk by the Government authorities’ amounts to insult to the Father of the Constitution. The copies of the said letter were also burnt by the protestors to show their strong resentment.
State President of the Confederation RK Kalsotra while addressing said that the matter is of grave concern as the Government is deliberately changing the name of this chowk which is unacceptable.
He added that the matter was taken up with the Chief Secretary of the State well in time before the oath taking ceremony and the Chief Secretary was requested to issue a corrigendum to the said letter and to call an explanation of the officer who issued this letter. But it is very unfortunate that nothing has been done in this regard which constrained them to held protest against the authorities, he stated.
Kalsotra asked the Government to take notice of caste based atrocities being committed in the State including beating of a person belonging to SC category in Rajbagh area of District Kathua by a policeman, rape of SC girl in Ramban District, etc.
He expressed his dismay that the constitutional provisions enshrined for SC/ST’s are not being made available to them. Recently the State Services Selection Board conducted interviews for the post of the Naib tehsildars, the interview panel of which comprised of no member of SC/ST community thereby violating the constitutional provisions, he said, adding that it is very unfortunate that even during the President’s rule, the constitutional provisions are not being adhered to and the caste based atrocities are on the rise in the State.
Among others present were Kulwant Singh, Markis Gill, Mohammad Shafi Bajjad, Nazakat Khattana, Devinder Singh, Choudhary Abdul Rashid, Syed Mohinder Kumar, Ashwani Bhagat, Varun Pangotra and Tarun Paroch.