JAMMU, May 10: All India Backward Classes Federation (AIBCF) today demanded the Government to revive J&K Advisory Board for Development of OBCs and Induction of OBC members in Administrative Council of J&K.
The issue was discussed during an audio conference held today under the chairmanship of F C Satia, president of AIBCF, J&K Unit. During the meeting, members expressed dismay over the continuous negligence of OBC issues.
They said that Other Backward Classes (OBCs) have a population of 30% in J&K and have no representation in Government machinery. “Due to presence of vacuum between them (OSC population) and the Administration, the OSCs are facing acute problems,” they added.
The members said 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 was 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 Government,” they asserted.
They said that OBC people are politically weak and never had their elected representative in Assembly or Parliament despite being one third in population. They said that by keeping such a big chunk of population out of Government machinery, it is not possible to claim ‘Government of the people, for the people and by the people’.
Welfare and upliftment of weaker and unrepresented sections has been strength of our Democracy, they said, adding, this spirit was missing in erstwhile state of J&K due to presence of Article 370 but it should not continue in UT regime. All the members appealed the Lt Governor of J&K UT to revive J&K Advisory Board for OBCs and induct OBC members in Administrative Council in the interest of good governance.