Implement Mandal Commission Report in J&K: OBC Mahasabha

Senior members of OBC Mahasabha addressing joint press conference in Jammu on Friday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
Senior members of OBC Mahasabha addressing joint press conference in Jammu on Friday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 8: All J&K OBC Mahasabha has urged upon the State Administration to implement Mandal Commission Report in the State.
Addressing a joint press conference here today, senior members of the OBC Mahasabha, Kasturi Lal Basotra, Madan Lal Baldotra, Suchet Singh, ML Chalotra and others has alleged that the political parties like Congress, NC, BJP and PDP have failed to provide justice to the OBC classes in the State. Despite clear apex court directions, the previous State Governments failed to implement Mandal Commission Report in the State which provides 27 % reservation to the OBC people.
They pointed out that while the people in many other states are enjoying 27 % reservation under Mandal Commission Report, the OBC community in J&K state has been suffering badly due to indifferent and discriminatory attitude of the respective political parties/ Governments. They further said that as per census of 1932, OBC had 32 % population but such a large population has been visually ignored by the respective Governments. At present this population is about 41 % as per National Sample Survey Organisation. These people had not been provided justice.
While referring to the functioning of the J&K Backward Commission and grave discrimination, the members said previous BJP-PDP made an amendment in 2016 in the Act 1997 and with this at present there is no member from OBC who can represent State OBC Commission. They said at present all the members- Prof V K Gupta and Onkar Seth and Chairman, Jeet Lal Gupta are from upper classes. Under such circumstances, how, OBCs can get justice, they maintained.
They claimed that at present SCs are getting 8%, STs 10 %, residents of RBA 20 %, Social Castes 2 %, Pahari speaking people 3 % and upper castes on economically basis 10%. Total 56 % seats are reserved in J&K and open are 44 %. The OBC category should get granted justice without any delay. They sought the intervention of State Governor Satya Pal Malik into the matter.