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Castigating Center, UT Govts for betrayal; JAC-RC extends support to Bharat Jodo Yatra

Castigating Center, UT Govts for betrayed, JAC-RC extends support to Bharat Jodo Yatra
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Jammu: Promises to extend all provisions of Indian Constitution to JKUT turned out to be false and misguiding, SC, ST and OBCs have been betrayed, Joint Action Committee of Reserved Categories (JAC-RC) stated while castigating Central and UT governments on Monday.

JAC-RC extended their support Bharat Jodo Yatra, led by Rahul Gandhi, and stated that in view of the present sociopolitical scenario in India and JK in particular, JAC of Reserved Categories extended unconditional support to the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’.

Socio-religious groups, retired forum, Youth and women wing of JAC-RC castigated both JKUT and Central government for befooling SC, ST, OBCs of J&K on false promises of extending all the constitutional guarantees meant for their welfare in JKUT and in turn getting votes of these communities in 2014, and 2019 parliamentary elections as well as ULB and Panchayat elections.

After stealing their votes on false promises, they threw SCSTOBCs away like paper napkins and thereafter used SCSTOBC leaders in various Morchas as stooges to utter like parrots the false narratives, lies and propagandas of all-around development of SCSTOBCs.

It looks as if the PM’s slogan of “Dhara 370 Kaa Khatama Jammu Kashmir Maine Ek Naya Itihas Likhyega”, has completely failed.

They said that SCSTOBCS of J&K since 2015 are struggling hard to get extension of Mandal Commission to J&K, reservation in promotions, stopping official atrocities on employees of SCSTOBCs. But instead of solving these issue, the BJP led LG’s administration has diluted reservation for these communities in direct recruitments, diluted ST constitutional position, neglected proper action in the cases of atrocities on SCs post abrogation, started snatching government allotted land to these communities in favour of so called corporatization and industrialization, and using SCSTOBCs leaders in BJP as puppets only.

There are no whereabouts of SC Component Plans and their implementation in JKUT after 370 abrogation.
Furthermore, BC Classes Commission was forced upon SCSTOBCs, J&K Delimitation Commission Report was also forced upon the people of J&K, outsiders have been encouraged to start their industry in J&K by allotment of land on nominal rates and ignoring J&K business community and so on.

Even the visit of almost 300 MPs of various Parliamentary Committees as claimed by the government, was focused on Kashmir & Leh, thereby ignoring Jammu Division totally, and photo sessions superseded real groundwork assessments and interacting with the masses and ground zero leaders.

While further elaborating on the plights of SCSTOBCs of J&K, the members said that on one hand J&K bureaucracy is hell bent upon damaging the welfare schemes meant for SCSTOBCs in J&K by way of defying Presidential Order, STAY order of Supreme Court of India in matter of Reservation in promotions and on the other hands there is no practical evidence of political action of extension of all Constitutional provisions to J&K on ground.

Prof. G.L. Thapa said that after sabotaging Reservation in Promotions, reservation in direct recruitments have also been attacked by starting the reservation roster points afresh on the plea of EWS and Pahari reservation, thereby finishing piled up backlog vacancies of SCSTs.

During LG rule, bureaucracy has turned out to be super boss, which have been criticized by local BJP leadership also. He further added that the bureaucracy under LG went on defying even the Presidential Order of 1st March 2019 wherein the 77th Constitutional Amendment (1995) stands extended to JKUT.

He said that the bureaucracy and the political dispensations in a very calculative manner are trying to finish off the reservation in employments and education.

Mohinder Bhagat, while addressing the media added that even the exercises done by Backward Classes Commission, Delimitation Commission; and visits of various Parliamentary Committees to JKUT have proved to be futile exercises as no fruitful results favoring masses have emerged.

Elaborating on the plights of SCSTOBCs of J&K, he said that even the LG of JKUT is not much interested in implementing welfare measures meant for SCSTOBCs as scores of delegations have met him several times in the immediate past.

Last year when a delegation of JAC-RC met him in Jammu, he (LG) promised to get all the constitutional guarantees meant for SCSTOBCs implemented including reservation in promotions and shall call the delegation again after ten days but in spite of repeated reminder there is no response from his office.

He further said that the main stream party and its stooges shall be taught a lesson by masses at appropriate time and religion based politics and propaganda shall not work for long time.

Prof. Kali Dass; (Member Presidium) while addressing the media said that implementation of Mandal Commission report is awaited in JKUT and the unconstitutionally carved categories are enjoying good share of reservation in educational institutions and employment at the cost of depriving OBCs of their due share. This is clear indication that the present government is also using appeasement policy of previous government at the cost of deserving ones. PM Modi must give clear directions to the LG administration for implementation of Constitution to JKUT.

He said that the other unconstitutional reservations to ALC, RBA and others should also be revisited and OBCs of J&K should be given 27% reservation as promised by the Prime Minister.

Sham Bassan, while concluding said that no good has been done with the SCSTOBCs of J&K after change in Constitution. Constitutionally recognized groups have been denied of their due rights and unconstitutionally carved categories have been accommodated well.

LG reached out to other Hindu victims of militancy immediately, so does the Home Minister but when some SCSTOBC falls victim of militancy a clear bias and partiality is shown towards them.

LG, HM and the Prime Minister must act on ground to prove that BJP is SCSTOBCs friendly. He demanded on ground implementation of SCST Atrocities Act and Forest Rights Act, Land ownership rights to SCSTOBCs, and stoppage of giving JKUT land to outsiders on nominal rates, and no ST Status to Paharis, implementation of reservation in promotions and all other pending demands of the community with the LG administration.

In view of the present sociopolitical scenario in India and JK in particular, JAC of Reserved Categories extended unconditional support to the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’. The delegations of SCSTOBCS shall be meeting Rahul Gandhi and discuss with him various sociopolitical and geographical dynamics with him for the larger interest of people of J&K including SCSTOBCS.


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