JAMMU, Oct 5: A joint protest against the repeated discrimination by the Central Government with the OBC masses of Jammu and Kashmir was held here today by All J&K OBC Mahasabha, All India Backward Classes Federation and presidents of different OBC castes and communities by organizing ‘Adhikar Tiranga Yatra’.
A large number of members from different OBC organizations participated in the rally during which they raised slogans in support of their demands while carrying banners and placards in their hands. They said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah failed to fulfill their commitments made with the J&K OBCs in the year 2014 and 2019.
Speaking on the occasion, chairman of OBC Mahasabha Kasturi Lal Basotra said the erstwhile J&K Government and present J&K UT Government have kept away J&K OBCs identified by Mandal Commission from 27 % reservation guaranteed by verdict dated 16-11-1992 of Supreme Court of India. He said that OBCs in J&K are getting nil reservation and their rights of reservation have been provided to the people belonging to socially and educationally backward classes (RBA, ALC and IB).
Further, the representatives of different OBC organizations viz. Faquir Chand Satia (president, AIBCF) criticized the discriminatory behavior of Union Government and J&K Government towards J&K OBCs despite abrogation of Article 370 and reorganization of J&K state into two Union Territories. They said 27 % reservation as per central laws has not been implemented in J&K till date but in 2019, the UT Government implemented 10% reservation for EWS (from upper castes) without sitting any commission or calculating their population.
Madhu Kumari, Mahila wing leader of OBCs appealed all OBC masses of J&K to unite under the banner of ‘OBC Adhikar Tiranga Yatra’ to continue their struggle by holding protests/rallies/dharnas at all tehsil and district levels. She announced that 4th OBC Adhikar Tiranga Yatra will start on November 1 from Jammu City towards villages of Satwari, Marh and Bhalwal blocks, and will culminate on November 3 at Old Janipur, Jammu.