Saturday, April 7, 2012

Dalits resent scrapping of quota in UP promotions

After the withdrawal of quota in departmental promotions, the Dalit employees’ organisations are gearing up for a big agitation against the Samajwadi Party government. They plan to launch their protest by organising a state level conference in the state capital this month.
The Arakshan Bachao Sangharsh Samiti (ABSS), an umbrella organisation of Dalit employees unions, has appealed its members to wear black armbands during duty hours to protest against the government’s move to withdraw reservations in departmental promotions. ABSS convenor Awadhesh Kumar Verma said on Friday that a conference of Dalit employees would be organised in Lucknow by the end of this month to chalk out a strategy for protecting the constitutional right of quota in promotions.
He said preparations for the joint conference were in full swing and its date would be announced very soon.
The National Federation of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes Employees led by Indian Justice Party leader Udit Raj has also called a meeting of Dalit employees’ organizations to take a decision on launching agitation against the state government.
On Friday, Udit Raj hit out at former Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati for not legislating a law on quota in promotions, and leaving Dalit employees vulnerable to the condition.
“Instead of making a law, Mayawati deliberately opted to issue just an order effecting quota in promotions, which was set side by the Allahabad High Court. The High Court order is the basis of withdrawal of quota in promotions by the Samajwadi Party government,” he said. Udit Raj said the Dalit employees would fight at every level to protect their right.
Meanwhile, Dalit employees, who got weightage in promotions over general category and OBC employees, are likely to be removed from the senior posts. According to sources, the promotions blocked in most government departments due to litigation are likely to be given by organising meetings of departmental promotion committees (DPCs).

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