Sudesh meets Raghubar over OBC reservation in state

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Ranchi: AJSU supremo Sudesh Mahto called upon Chief Minister Raghubar Das at his residence here and handed him couple of demand letters related to providing 27 per cent reservations to the OBCs in the state and creation of 23 new blocks.
   In the letter Mr Mahto said that people have lots of expectations from a stable government over its policies and decision making and pointed that the OBCs in the state should not be denied their constitutional dues. He said that on many occasions he himself and his party has raised the issue of providing 27 percent reservation to the OBCs from different platforms including 32 percent reservation for the ST and 14 percent reservations for the SC.
    Mr. Mahto said that reservation was not only confined to its economic effects but also carries with it the issues of representation and participation. He also demanded that youth coming into the merit list in OBC category should not be confined to quota limits but those who score above the merit list should be included in the general category so that they can get a chance of represent themselves.
     He said that in many other states including Tamilnadu, Kerala, Haryana, Himachal, Andhra and Bihar the OBCs have reservations between 30 to 50 percent. He said that the state government can increase the reservation to more than 50 percent and even recently the neighbouring state of Chhattisgarh has hiked reservation to 82 percent.
    The former deputy chief minister said that the social, educational and economic condition of the OBCs in the state was not good despite constituting 51 percent population of the state and even their representation on semi-government posts was less. Mr Mahto also drew the attention of the Chief Minister towards creation of new blocks and police stations and asked the Chief Minister to bring such proposals in the next cabinet meetings.

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