Demand raised for universal education, more reservations

May 02, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 08:01 am IST - NEW DELHI:

Activists and organisations working for the welfare of disadvantaged communities here on Saturday drafted a common minimum programme, which included increasing reservations and providing universal education.

The campaign, called AMOD — after the adivasis, minorities, OBCs and Dalits it fights for — put forward a list of demands that it will be raising in other cities as well.

The day-long conference started with a discussion on the socio-economic and educational status of the AMOD communities, followed by two sessions on finding common ground among the groups.

The activists also formed separate action committees for reservation, education, workers and farmers.

S.S. Nehra, spokesperson of AMOD, said that the campaign had demanded the increasing of the OBC reservation from 27 per cent to 52 per cent, or equal to their population.

AMOD also demanded that Muslims and Christians of SC origin should be included in the SC list.

On education, they demanded that only one quality of facilities be provided to all.

“Till the children of bureaucrats study in government schools, there will be no improvement in the quality of education there,” said Mr. Nehra. Taking its agenda forward, AMOD will be launching a campaign in Tamil Nadu next month.

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