ANDHRA PRADESH

Dalits told to fight for quota in private sector

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Saturday called upon the dalits to launch a movement for reservations in private sector and oppose any measures that could "bring about a division among the Scheduled Castes."

Addressing a public meeting organised by Mala Mahanadu, Dr. Reddy said AICC president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were striving to get reservations for the dalits in the private sector.

"Some political parties are trying to run the show by dividing the dalits and the classification of the Scheduled Castes is the result of such a malicious design," he said, adding: "Classification of the Scheduled Castes has caused a tremendous amount of agony to the dalits and such designs should be countered."

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The Chief Minister recalled that the Supreme Court had struck down the classification after three years and the Andhra Pradesh Government implemented the judgment in right earnest. But the Centre had constituted a commission to study the benefits enjoyed by a section of the SCs in these three years and submit its recommendations.

The commission, he hoped, would talk to all sections and submit a report acceptable to all.

The Chief Minister said that as part of its `Bhooyagnam' (land distribution), the Government planned to give land to the dalits and the poor in the State in a phased manner.

It had already distributed 5.4 lakh acres to 4.19 dalit families.