JAMMU, July 27: A joint delegation of J&K OBC Mahasabha and All India Backward Classes Federation, (AIBCF) J&K led by Bansi Lal Choudhary and FC Satia met the Chairman National Commission for Backward Classes, at New Delhi and highlighted the OBC reservation issue in J&K after formation of UT. Members expressed dismay over the continuous neglect of the OBC issues in J&K.
The main issue was to repeal the J&K Reservation Act 2004 and implement Central OBC law in accordance with Mandal Commission as it prevails throughout the country. It was pleaded that Backward Classes have a population of 30% in J&K and reservation granted is 4%.
It was discussed that J&K Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Commission (SEBCC) which is working on the resolution of OBC reservation issue has no OBC member in it. As such there are chances that the Commission may include General Castes in the OBC list. Since these castes have already been granted 10 % quota, under “Economically Weaker Section” (EWS), there is no justified of including them in OBC category.
It was also brought in the notice of Commission that the Advisory Board which existed in the erstwhile state of J&K was established to mitigate the sufferings of unrepresented people of socially and politically weaker sections. But it has been dissolved after formation of UT. In absence of such Board and no OBC representative in Administrative Council, there exists a gap between OBC people and the Govt.
The delegation also held discussions with Justice V. Eswaraiah, National president, AIBCF. Others who accompanied the delegation include, Raj Kumar Chalotra and Mohan Pawar.