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Parliamentary panel urges Government

Committee not appraised of action taken by MinistryReservation has been agitating country: Harin Pathak

NEW DELHI: A Parliamentary Committee has urged the Government to come out with a policy soon in regard to introduction of reservation in private sector and disinvested public sector companies and refused its request to drop an assurance on it.

The Lok Sabha Committee on assurances in its report submitted recently to the House observed that the Ministry of Personnel had requested the Committee to drop the assurance on the grounds that it had not actually given one. The Ministry said in its response that it had furnished factual information that representations have been received from some MPs requesting introduction of reservation in private sector and disinvested public sector undertaking. The Ministry said it neither gave any assurance nor made any commitment in regard to the representation.

The Committee, headed by Harin Pathak (BJP), said it has not been appraised of the action taken or proposed to be taken by the Ministry on those representations while requesting for dropping an assurance.

"As such, the Committee desires to know the fate of the representations of the Members of Parliament at the earliest. The Committee also notes with concern that the matter of reservation has been agitating the entire country'' he said and urged the Government to come out with a policy.

The Committee had taken note of a reply of Suresh Pachouri, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, during April last year asked by Ramdas Athawale and treated it as an assurance that was required to be fulfilled by the Ministry within three months of the date of reply , which was not fulfilled.

The Ministry during October last year, requested for dropping of the assurance, which was considered by the Committee.