Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Dalits will assemble in Delhi to Gherao Parliament on 12th December, 2004

New Delhi, November 24, 2004

The All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations has been agitating for reservation in private sector for the last three years. A mammoth rally was organized on 14th December, 2003 at Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi against globalization and privatization and just after that then PM, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, made the announcement that reservation in private sector should be given to Dalits. The NDA Govt. was so pro rich that privatization and disinvestment swayed its whole policies and that eventually harmed the interest of Dalits. The frustration of Dalits got expressed in the outcome of 14th Lok Sabha Election, before that it was not realized that how much this section of society was up in arm.

During the 14th Lok Sabha Election campaign, Congress promised to bring legislation to extend reservation to Dalits in private sector and same was prominently given space in Common Minimum Programme of UPA Govt.. Thereafter industrialists started opposing the move and it is the main reason that Congress is dilly dallying. Now the Confederation is out to take on fight openly to press for demands. The reports are coming from all over the country that a historical gathering will take place on 12th December, 2004 at Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi. The main demands of the rally are -

1. Govt. to enact law to give reservation in private sector.

2. Govt. to defend the 77th, 81st, 82nd and 85th constitutional amendments pending before Supreme Court & reservation law to be enacted and placed in the 9th schedule of the Constitution.

3. To provide reservation to Dalits in Higher Judiciary and armed forces.

4. To provide equal and compulsory education to all.

5. Caste certificate of one state should be valid in other states.

6. To provide time bound promotion to Safai Karmcharies and ban contract system.

7. To provide employment to all and predetermined share of Dalits in land by reforming land laws.

We have started contacting leaders of CPI, CPI(M), NDA, RJD, BSP, SP etc. to sensitize them about our grievances. I have already written request for appointment with Prime Minister and President so that they are made aware of the demands before the rally.

(Udit Raj)

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