JAMMU: A delegation of All J&K Kshatriya Yuva Saini Sabha led by its President Suksham Singh today met Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Ramesh Kumar and submitted a memorandum to decline the grant of OBC status to the community.
President of All J&K Saini Sabha, Pritam Singh Saini also accompanied the delegation.
Suksham Singh apprised the Divisional Commissioner that the Government Order S.O 537, dated 19th October, 2022 brought Saini Community under the ambit of OSC/OBC reservation without any proper surveys, terming it as a clear violation of all the set of guidelines and parameters laid down by the Mandal Commission Report and the judgment in Indra Sawhney (Indra Sawhney Vs Union of India) 1992 Supp (3) SCC 217.
“We, Saini community respectfully decline this decision to include our Saini (Kshatriya) community of J&K into this reserved category,” he said, adding “Our Saini community of J&K U.T doesn’t satisfy even a single indicator out of eleven indicators of backwardness specified by Mandal Commission Report. This is clear violation of constitution as well as it hurts the sentiments of our Saini community.”
Suksham Singh said that Saini community is a prosperous and economically strong community with high literacy rate, that too above national average literacy rate. Majority population of the community is already serving in government sector, private sector and armed forces at respectable positions, thereby contradicting the belief that Saini’s are economically, educationally and socially backward, he added.
“Our Economically poorer peers of Saini Community are already availing the benefits of EWS reservation, and granting them OSC status will deprive them of EWS benefits. Our community never asked for any kind of reservation and we strongly believes that reservation should be based on economical conditions of an individual and we strongly oppose caste based reservation,” he said, adding that Saini community doesn’t fall under any of the criteria set by the Mandal Commission Report.
“The youth as well as elders of Saini community unanimously and peacefully decline the grant of OSC status to our community,” he said, demanding that a proper survey and economical data should be prepared of our Saini community as a whole to clarify the social and economical backwardness of the community.
“An inquiry should be set up to look into the previous surveys and data put forward by Justice G.D Sharma Commission, by which we were accorded this OSC/OBC status,” the delegation sought.
The delegation appealed to the government to look into the matter by going through the above mentioned facts and exclude the Saini Community from the lists of reserved castes.
The Divisional Commissioner gave a patient hearing to the delegation and assured to look into the matter by taking up the matter with the authorities concerned.
The delegation comprised of Amandeep Singh Saini (General Secretary Youth), Neeraj Saini, Rahul Saini, Amit Saini, Ranjan Singh Saini, Amit Saini (Executive Member), Abhimanyu Singh, Gourav Saini, Rohit Saini and Manav Saini.