Kolkata, Sep 27 (PTI) Union minister Ramdas Athawale on Thursday said his party will urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring a bill in Parliament for reservation in promotions for SCs and STs. Also Read - Coronavirus in India LIVE: Number of Cases Spikes, 'Let's Not Over-Interpret Things', Says ICMR
His remarks come a day after the Supreme Court paved the way for grant of quota for promotions in government jobs to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, holding that the states were not required to “collect quantifiable data” reflecting the backwardness among these communities. Also Read - 'Mann Ki Baat' Today: PM Modi's First Radio Address After India Entered Into Lockdown Mode to Fight COVID-19
“..as the leader of Republican Party of India (Athawale) I will ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi to introduce a bill in Parliament to enact a law for reservation in promotions,” Athawale told PTI. Also Read - COVID-19: 194 New Cases Emerge in Single Day, Death Toll Reaches 23; Is India Ready For Stage 3?
“There can be no alternative to reservation in promotions..The state governments alone should not decide on the issue and the government of India must pass a bill in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha,” he said.
He blamed the evil of casteism for atrocities against Dalits in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar.
“Uttar Pradesh has registered the highest number of atrocities against Dalits followed by Rajasthan and Bihar. But it is not a question of which government is at the helm in a particular state. Atrocities will end when there will be no casteism, when there will be no division among communities and when the mindset of people will change,” the minister of state for social justice and empowerment said.
The three states are strictly enforcing the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, to check crimes against the weaker sections, he added.
Athawale said the atrocities against Dalits were low in West Bengal.
Asked about incidents of lynching of Muslims and other backward communities in the country in the past few years, he said, “I acknowledge there have been incidents of lynching of members of minority communities and that is not a good thing. But you must note that in each and every incident, a strong decision was taken and the attackers have been arrested”.
He also urged Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to ensure that members of the Matua sect, a backward community of migrant Hindus from Bangladesh, with bonafide documents be granted citizenship.
The minister interacted with members of the Matua sect in North 24 Parganas district earlier on Thursday.
Asked about the demand for an exercise in West Bengal on the lines of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC), he said people who were forced to flee from Bangladesh should not be victimised.
“As far as my knowledge goes, the NRC exercise has been carried out in Assam and the situation may not be the same in West Bengal. I think common backward caste people, who were forced to flee from Bangladesh in 1971 or earlier, should not be victimised,” Athawale said.
He also said the three per cent reservation for the differently-abled people should be increased to four per cent and that they should be granted five per cent reservation in the education sector.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.