The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday targeted the BJD-led Odisha government by stating that the government has betrayed the Other Backward Castes (OBCs) in the State by preventing them from fully accessing their Constitutional rights.
At a presser, the BJP demanded the State govt to publicise the expenses incurred at the Supreme Court over granting Constitutional rights to the Socially & Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) in the State.
Throwing light on the reservation provisions and its practices, BJP OBC Morcha State President, Surath Biswal said that states like Tamil Nadu and Bihar have crossed the 50 percent reservation quota while Odisha still remains below the threshold. He also questioned the government over its’ failure to scale up the quota.
Biswal said that the Central government has allotted 27 per cent reservation in education and recruitment. However, the State government has failed to meet these standards.
The Odisha government has failed to live up to its’ promised reservation of 11. 25 percent for OBCs as announced earlier.
"Following the recommendations of the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) and approval of the Supreme Court, most of the states have implemented the 27 percent reservation rule. However, the Odisha government did not implement the reservation. Instead, it moved the High Court for a stay on the order," alleged Biswal.
"When the BJP accused the Odisha government of not approaching the Top Court, it came up with a document to confirm their stand. But, it remained silent when asked about the lawyer representing them at the Court. This attitude tells enough about the willingness of the government for the welfare of OBCs who comprise 52 per cent of the total population in the State. The government is deliberately depriving the backward classes of their legitimate rights."
Biswal further informed that keeping in view the apathetic attitude of the State government towards the backward classes, the Centre has made a plea to the National Commission for Backward Classes. Soon a central team of the commission will visit Odisha to look into the matter.
The reaction of the State on the allegations of BJP could not be obtained.