JAMMU, Feb 23: The Jammu and Kashmir Reserved Categories Empowerment Alliance (JKRCEA) has said that violation of constitutional rights of reserved categories including SCs, STs and OBCs was unacceptable.
Addressing a joint press conference here today, senior members of the Alliance, including Prof G L Thappa, Sham Lal Bason and Prof Kali Dass said that constitutional rights of the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes are being brazenly violated in the Jammu and Kashmir. They said the JKRCEA will not tolerate any such move and wage fight against it.
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They pointed out that through Delimitation Draft report, a great disparity has been created by providing 47 seats to Kashmir and 43 to Jammu, befooling people of this region once again. They claimed that five seats of Poonch- Rajouri have been shown with Anantnag in Kashmir, putting hardcore nationalist voters of Rajouri-Poonch with Kashmir. Practically Jammu has been left with 38 seats. In true sense, the people of Jammu have been again served with lollypop by BJP regime, they alleged.
They further alleged that the loud claims of Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah at the time of abrogation of Article 370, have proved hollow. The reservation in promotions is not being accorded in J&K now and 27 % reservation to the OBC was not provided till today. They alleged that land of the SC/STs is being snatched through various means and they are being made landless by hatching conspiracy. The people are demanding implementation of Mandal Commission report since long but the Government is least concerned, they added.
The JKRCEA leaders further opposed the ST status to Paharis, which they said, is not only unconstitutional but will dilute the ST status as well. They said categories like ALC, RBA, Paharis and EWS are enjoying good share of reservation and need no further quota. They also criticized the Commission for reserving seats for SCs where their population is hardly 30 % and ignored several area having more SC population.