BC bodies’ flay Centre for extending 10% quota to EBCs

Leaders of BC associations at a meeting held in Hyderabad on Friday.

Leaders of BC associations at a meeting held in Hyderabad on Friday.

A meeting of the 92 Backward Class (BCs) association has strongly opposed the legislation made by the Parliament recently providing 10% reservation to the poor among upper castes or economically backward classes (EBCs) in education and employment.

Chaired by president of the National Backward Classes Welfare Association R. Krishnaiah here on Friday, the meeting condemned the Centre's attitude and “hasty action” aimed purely at political dividends subverting the very ideological basis of reservation. The meeting sought to know how the upper castes could be given reservation when the BCs, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes were fighting for proportional reservation. “The BCs, who comprise 54% of the population but have only 27% reservation, have been demanding quota in proportion to their population in education and employment and also seeking a similar quota in the law-making bodies for their political empowerment. However, the successive governments have been neglecting these demands,” Mr. Krishnaiah said speaking at the meeting.

Quoting a recent survey, Mr. Krishnaiah noted that there were 15% SCs, 7% STs, 14% OBCs and 64% upper castes in the Central Government jobs. How could the Centre justify reservation to upper castes when they are holding on to 64% posts against their 15% representation in the population, he asked.

Powerful posts

At top-level -- political and other “powerful posts” -- persons from the upper castes are holding 20 Governor posts, Chairpersons of 21 commercial banks and 100% Managing Director posts, he explained. Besides, 98% of the key posts such as those in the Prime Minister's Office and Centre Government Secretaries and 80% upper castes are also in other important posts. In judiciary, particularly in the Supreme Court and High Courts, most of the posts are being held by upper castes. All the 33 Supreme Court judges and 687 out of 749 High Court judges are from upper castes. There are only 39 BCs, 18 SCs and 5 STs among the High Court judges, Mr. Krishnaiah stated. In the Union Cabinet, 70% Ministers are from upper castes, he said.

On the other hand, 95% of the executive posts in the private sector are also being held by upper castes against their population of just 15%, he pointed out adding that 90% of the wealth including industries, businesses and contracts are also in the hands of upper castes.

Leaders of BC associations G. Krishnaiah, D. Naresh, G. Mallesh Yadav, N. Venkatesh, K. Janardhan and several others sought to know on what basis reservation would be given to the upper castes. Instead, they suggested, economic subsidies, loans for self-employment and other schemes for the uplift of the poor among the upper castes.

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