Hyderabad: Demanding that the Centre should introduce a Bill in Parliament to provide 50 per cent reservation for the BCs in the Legislative Houses, the president of the State BC Welfare Association, Mr R Krishnaiah has said that they would hold a massive demonstration at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on March 22 to demand for the resolution of issues pertaining to the BCs.
“The demands included provision of 50 per cent reservation for the BCs in the Legislative Houses both at the Centre and in States; follow the rule of reservation in promotions for the BC employees; establish a separate portfolio in the cabinet to look after the affairs of the BCs; earmark Rs 50,000 crores in the Budget for the BC welfare; do away with the creamy layer; equip the National BC Commission with the Constitutional powers and enumerate the population on caste basis in the present Census”, said Mr R Krishnaiah, while speaking to the media here on Thursday.
Reminding that the State Assembly adopted resolution thrice in 1996, 2008 and 2010 to provide 33 per cent reservation for the BCs in Legislative Houses, Mr Krishnaiah alleged that the State government was not taking any initiative to exert pressure on the Centre in this respect. He also demanded that the Chief Minister, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy take a delegation involving all political parties and BC associations to New Delhi to pressurise the Centre on the issue of reservations for the BCs in the Legislative Houses.
Referring to the injustices being meted out to the BCs on political front, Mr Krishnaiah said that though the BCs account for about 54 per cent of the population, they do not have even 15 per cent of representation in legislative houses. “Of 2,900 BC castes, some 2,850 castes have not got representation in Parliament and there was no single MP from the community in 18 states”, he added. He also said that tough the Article 340 stipulates that opportunities should be provided to the BCs on all fronts in accordance with their population, this was never implemented in letter and spirit.
Several BC leaders including Ms Rama Devi, Mr Gujja Krishna, Mr C Rajender, Dr Ravinder, Mr Nagaraju, Mr Rajalingam, Mr Narsimha Goud, Mr Bhimaiah and Ms Laxmi, were also present. (NSS)