SC/ST Confederation seeks representation in SAC

Confederation of SC/ST/OBC bodies chief R K Kalsotra addressing press conference in Jammu.
Confederation of SC/ST/OBC bodies chief R K Kalsotra addressing press conference in Jammu.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 24: All India Confederation of SC/ST/OBC Organisations has demanded adequate representation of the communities in policy decision making in the State.
Talking to media-persons here today, RK Kalsotra, State president of the Confederation alleged that the Governor rule has been darkest period for the reserved categories as no person represent SC/ST/OBC in the SAC to protect their rights and to consider the genuine and legitimate demands. He said during popular Government they used to be 4-5 ministers from SC/ST/OBC in the Cabinet to protect the down trodden communities but in the present scenario there is no one to watch their interest.
He alleged that lot of discrimination is being meted to SC/ST/OBC communities in matter of transfers and posting as the reserved category employees are not being posted on significant posts of public importance despite availability of meritorious, eligible officers. He said that out of 22 districts, there is no representation to SC/ST/OBC KAS/KPS officers in posting of DC’s and SSP’s. He said that the talented engineers have been ignored in postings.
Kalsotra further alleged since huge backlog vacancies and pending scholarships have not been cleared and there is no one to hear the grievances a lot of well educated youth from these communities are suffering. He said that Confederation has mailed chain of reminders/representations to Governor and his Advisors for the last 3-4 months but not even a single demand has been meted out. He alleged that the Confederation’s request to have an appointment with the Governor through a proper channel is still pending in the Governor House .
He warned the Govt of conduct gherao of secretariat and launch state wide agitation if the demands were not fulfilled. They demanded to induct at least one Advisor from SC/ST/OBC categories.
Mohd Shafi, Amar Nath Bhagat, Amir-ud-Din Kassana, Balkar Singh, Shashi Syal and Sham Bassan also accompanied.