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CPI on 10% Reservation Bill for EBCs in Upper Castes

The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India issued the following statement on January 8, 2019 for 10% Reservation Bill:

The introduction of the bill in the Lok Sabha for 10% reservation for economically weaker sections of the people is yet another ‘Big Jumla’ by Modi Government before the elections. This decision comes on the last day of the parliament with no seriousness. The Modi government miserably failed to provide employment of two crores per year as promised before the elections. Inspite of the popular demands for extension the reservations of SC, ST and OBC to private sector, there is no response by the NDA government.

Before the implementation of Mandal Commission Report, CPI along with some other left parties suggested EBC reservation but as the Supreme Court ruled out any reservation over 50% this could not be considered. There are demands for such reservation from among the upper castes in Rajasthan, Haryana, UP, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and other states. The state governments unable to reject these demands agreed for such reservations which were struck down by the judiciary. This bill will open the pandora box.

Moreover in the background of Supreme Court judgment of ceiling reservations to 50% a general bill in the parliament will not withstand constitutional scrutiny. The Constitution specifically says social and educational backwardness as criteria for reservations. Constitutional amendment being introduced on last day without proper discussion and all party consensus is nothing but a effort to distract people from NDA government's failure to keep its much publicised election promise to create jobs. While the government is not creating any new government jobs it is trying to create fight between people over imaginary jobs. The economic criteria proposed by the government for EBC is doubtful to really benefit majority of the eight crore EBC people.

Reservation in jobs and education is basically aimed at providing social justice to the people who have been deprived of their legitimate rights. This new move will create confusion about reservation for social justice to the categories like SC, ST and OBC.

People’s attention cannot be diverted from Rafale Scam, Corruption, Price Rise, Anti-Labour and Pro-Corporate Policies with this type of gimmicks.

Wider consultation and consensus is needed before such a bill can be adopted in the parliament.

(S. Sudhakar Reddy)

General Secretary

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