Dalit legislators to meet CM for berths - ECAS Punjab

Dalit legislators to meet CM for berths

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Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 21

At least 22 Dalit and Backward Class Congress MLAs, including four ministers, today held a meeting on the premises of the Vidhan Sabha to press upon the Congress leadership to address concerns of Dalit leaders in the state.

Dalit Insaf Yatra to reach Capt Amarinder's residence today

  • BJP general secretary Subhash Sharma on Tuesday said the party's Scheduled Caste (SC) wing will take out a 'Dalit Insaf Yatra' on Wednesday
  • A caravan of about 1,000 vehicles will be flagged off by state BJP chief Ashwani Sharma in Jalandhar at 11 am and the yatra would end at the CM's residence
  • The protest will see participation of Union Minister Som Parkash, former Union Cabinet Minister Vijay Sampla, Jeevan Gupta, among others.
  • Dr Sharma said there was no check on atrocities against the SC and OBC communities, alleging that government had failed to protect the SC community

Soon after the Vidhan Sabha session, the legislators held a meeting to discuss issues of due Dalit representation in the Council of Ministers, payment of pending scholarship amount from 2017 to 2020 and implementation of reservation granted to Scheduled Castes and consequential seniority for SC/STs as per the 85th Amendment.

It was pointed out that the Congress government, by strongly countering the Central laws, had addressed the issues of farmers, catering largely to Jats, whereas issues concerning the Dalits were yet to be addressed. The legislators will be meeting Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and Punjab affairs in charge Harish Rawat with their concerns in the coming days.

With 33 per cent vote share, the Dalit leaders in the Punjab Congress have demanded at least six Cabinet berths against the present four. They argue that among the Dalits, Mazhabi Sikhs and Valmikis needed representation on the basis of their vote share. At present, there are three Dalit ministers — Charanjit Singh Channi, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and Aruna Chaudhary.



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