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Caste census is advanced. Let states do it first: Ok Laxman, Nationwide President, BJP’s OBC Morcha

Caste census is advanced. Let states do it first: Ok Laxman, Nationwide President, BJP’s OBC Morcha

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The demand for the enumeration of individuals belonging to different backward lessons (OBCs) is turning into a political sizzling potato for the ruling BJP. The get together is dedicated to doing it, however states should do it first, says K Laxman, national president of BJP‘s OBC Morcha and former head of the get together’s Telangana unit. Edited excerpts from an interview with Prerna Katiyar:

It’s nearly seven years since BJP OBC Morcha was fashioned. What are its large achievements?

Since Narendra Modi turned PM in 2014, he has been engaged on the modalities for the empowerment and uplift of OBC. There have been historic selections, like giving constitutional standing to the Nationwide Fee for Backward Courses (NCBC) in 2018. It was achieved 23 years after the Mandal Fee suggestions have been applied. Previous to that, the fee was nearly toothless. Hardly 14-15% reservation might be given out of 27% (OBC quota). There was no test on any ministry or organisation. Now, with the constitutional standing, recruitment has touched 22% in all authorities establishments in 4 years. In academic establishments additionally, although the method of implementation might be began in 2008, many didn’t implement it. This educational yr, Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya pathshalas, legislation universities and Sainik colleges have began giving reservation. Nearly 4 lakh college students have benefitted already.

After Modi got here to energy, he has given 27% reservation in NEET and a few 4,000 college students have benefitted. There are 27 OBC ministers within the cupboard for the primary time since Independence, which is 40%. Earlier, kids of PSU workers weren’t getting reservation. They’re getting it now. Take a look at backlog posts: all through the nation now we have 42 central universities and there are hardly 10-12 OBC professors. The excuse was that eligible candidates weren’t accessible. The backlog had reached 9,000. So, our Morcha met (training minister) Dharmendra Pradhan who has ordered that in a single yr all backlog posts must be crammed. In 3-4 months, 3,000 posts have already been crammed.

If OBCs have 22% share in central authorities jobs, what’s the share in academic establishments?

It is extremely much less — solely 10-12%. We wish strict implementation of 27% quota. NCBC members took suo moto motion towards some establishments. Had it been applied within the final 10 years, lakhs of scholars would have benefitted.

What about caste census? Why is there a delay in holding it?

We’ve some technical issues, authorized points and constraints. There are a variety of complexities — in Bihar, Guptas are OBC whereas they’re ahead class in UP. Brahmin Joshis are ahead in different states however OBC in Uttarakhand. In Andhra Pradesh, Reddys are ahead caste however are backward in Karnataka. Kammas are ahead in Andhra and backward in Karnataka. So, we took a stand that allow the census happen state-wise. Lately, the 127th Structure Modification Invoice was handed, giving full powers to states to establish which neighborhood is OBC because the Centre will not be conscious of the standing of 1 caste in your complete nation. We aren’t saying no, however it must be totally studied earlier than a national-level survey is performed.

Can we count on it earlier than 2024?

It wants a radical research.

What’s the standing of the state-wise survey?
Solely 4-5 states have achieved it. Karnataka did it when Siddaramaiah was the CM, however the outcomes weren’t printed as a result of they got here to know that greater than 60% inhabitants is OBC. Telangana has achieved a survey however after realizing the fact, they didn’t publish it. Now, Nitish Kumar retains asking for it, however why can’t he get it achieved in Bihar?

Creamy layer revision can be pending

The earnings restrict was revised from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 8 lakh by this authorities. The revision ought to occur quickly.

A rising pattern is to fill vacancies in central and state governments by hiring contractual staff. However that has no provision for reservation.

That is most unlucky. This fashion, we’re denying the rights of OBCs and the downtrodden. That is being achieved in states the place largely regional events are in energy.

This could finish. Final yr, 50,000 posts in railways have been crammed, with 27% for OBCs. Now a separate VC funding has been created for OBCs. Modiji needs the youth of the nation — be it backward, SC or ahead — to be a job creator and never a seeker. VC funding was confined to SCs throughout Congress rule. Since 2019, now we have earmarked Rs 200 crore each year to OBCs.

A four-member fee headed by Justice (retd) G Rohini was arrange in 2017 to look at sub-categorisation of OBCs. By when can we count on the report? It acquired its twelfth extension in January 2022.

The report findings must be out in a month or two.They have been additionally confused concerning the standing of 1 neighborhood in varied states. I too have mentioned it together with her.

How will BJP carry out within the 2023 Telangana polls?

We did very nicely within the Lok Sabha polls and by-elections. We’ve been working to construct the get together within the state.

Now we’re an alternative choice to Congress. In 2023, BJP will type the federal government and TRS will probably be routed.

And can you be CM?

No, it’s for the get together to determine. We simply need a doubleengine sarkar identical to in UP, Uttarakhand, and Goa in order that Centre’s programmes can percolate.

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