Hyderabad: The joint meeting of 36 BC Employees’ associations here on Sunday demanded that the Union government amend the Constitution for providing reservation to the BC employees in promotions in the State and Central government departments.
The meeting of BC employees of Central government departments, Public Sector undertakings and Bank employees’ unions was held in the BC Bhavan under presidentship of the AP Backward Classes Welfare Association president, Mr R Krishnaiah.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Krishnaiah urged the Union government to introduce Constitution Amendment Bill in Parliament to ensure promotions for the BC employees. Stressing the need for providing promotional avenues to the BC employees in the State and Central government departments, Mr Krishnaiah pointed out that as per the 1993 Mandal Commission report, the BCs did not have even two per cent representation in the Civil Services. In Grade-I posts, they do not have even three per cent. He also pointed out that 27 per cent reservation in posts for BCs was being implemented by the Centre since 1993.
As per the statistics collected by the Centre last year, there were 4.7% BCs in grade-I posts, 5.8% in grade-2 and 7.2% in grade-3 posts, he said, adding that out of 32 lakh employees in the Central departments, the BCs, who constitute 54% in the country’s population, were only 1.82 lakh. Similarly, though 27% reservation for BCs was being implemented in the Central government departments since the last 17 years, the BC employees did not cross 6.7%, he said and contended that there was need to provide quota in promotions to the BCs.
The State BC leader pointed out that there was not even a single BC among the 74 Secretaries to the Union government, 130 directors, 28 national banks chairmen, 246 public sector undertakings chairmen and 28 Governors. There was also none from the BCs among bank managers and executive directors. Besides, though the country achieved independence six decades ago, so far no chance was given to the BCs for the posts of Prime Minister, President and Vice-President. He also pointed out that though 680 judges were appointed to the Supreme Court so far, there was none from the BCs. Therefore, it became crystal clear that reservation in promotions for BCs is inevitable if they have to reach higher positions, he added.
Mr Krishnaiah demanded that the Centre immediately amend the Constitution to ensure promotions to the BCs; introduce BC Bill in Parliament; withdrawal of creamy layer rule on OBC reservation; extension of Atrocities’ Prevention Act to the BCs; 50% quota for BCs in Assembly and Lok Sabha elections; exclusive minister for BC Welfare in the Union Cabinet; 50,000-crore Budget for BC Welfare and statutory power to the BC Commission on par with SC Commission and ST Commission.
The State BC Communities JAC also warned the government of dire consequences if the Kapus, who were developed in education, financial, political and industrial sectors were incorporated in the BC list to the detriment of the Backward Classes.
The meeting also decided to make the March 22 rally at Parliament House a great success. It was also decided to strengthen OBC associations in banks and public sector.
The BC employees unions of Andhra Bank, Oriental Bank, Canara Bank, SBH, SBI, Dena Bank, ECIL, BDL, Midhani, NFC, Postal, LIC, BSNL and others participated in the meeting. (NSS)