Ex-Congress MLA demands 40% reservation for tribal and dalit students

Bhubaneswar: Demanding 40 per cent reservation for tribal and dalit students in engineering and medical courses, ex-Congress MLA and convenor of Samajika Nyay Abhiyan Krushna Chandra Sagaria said that the outfit will hold a Samavesh on December 6 in Bhubaneswar.

He also demanded a 27 per cent reservation in education and jobs for the backward classes, increase in the scholarship of post matriculation by double and loan waiver for farmers to bring social justice in the State.

“All the States are providing 27 per cent reservation in jobs and education for backward classes following the Mandal Commission report. But Odisha government is still providing only 11 per cent in jobs and zero per cent in education,” alleged Sagaria.

He further said that the government should provide Rs 3000 unemployment allowance to youths from the fine that it collects from the miners.

Besides, an oath taking ceremony will be organised by the outfit on the occasion of the 62th death anniversary or Mahaparinirvan Diwas of the architect of the Constitution, Dr BR Ambedkar on the day.

Meanwhile, BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra took a jibe at Sagaria and raised question over his competency as a legislator.

“He (Sagaria) didn’t raise the issue while he was serving as an MLA in Odisha Assembly and it means, he failed in his work. By raising the issues now, he has himself made it is clear that he was incompetent for the post. He should self-introspect,” said Patra.