SC, ST to protest in Rajasthan against reservation policies

Members of the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) in Jaipur have staged protests against the Rajasthan government''s reservation policy. Around five thousand people belonging to the SC and ST committee gathered here on Sunday, to warn the state government of dire consequences if their right to reservation was curbed. Asharam Vena, the General Secretary of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Committee, said people belonging to the upper classes have misused the decision of the Supreme Court’s decision to curb the rights of the reserved classes. Shagan Lal, an employee of the state secretariat, said the demand of people belonging to lower castes was to continue with the old reservation policy.
He said: “ This is the Supreme Court’s decision, but it never said that while giving promotion, reservation should not be considered. Upper caste people, who have pressurized the lawmakers in their favour to abolish reservation, have misinterpreted the decision.” “ They want to remove the reservation given to us. We are not demanding anything new. We just want that old reservation policy should be continued. We would not tolerate any games played against us,” he added. Hari Meena, a member of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe committee said: “ The Rajasthan High Court’s decision is that people belonging to the scheduled caste can use their reservation benefit only once either at the time of promotion or at the time of getting a government job. We get promotion on the basis of reservation and this should not be stopped.” Currently, 12 percent reservation is for SC candidates and 16 percent for ST candidates and around 4.5 percent candidates of SC and ST community are working in government jobs in the province.