ST-SC body demands 38pc reservation in edu institutions

Bhubaneswar: Samajika Nyaya Abhijan Mancha (SNAM), a platform of tribal and dalit people, had raised question on the sincerity of the state government in implementation of reservation rules for the scheduled tribe, scheduled caste and Other Backward Caste (OBC) population in the state.

"Though there is provision of 38 per cent reservation for the ST and SC candidates in government jobs, the same ratio of reservation is not maintained in education," alleged SNAM president Akshya Kumar Mallik.

While ST and SC candidates get 38 per cent reservation in jobs, the ratio of reservation in educational institutions including engineering colleges is only 20 per cent, Mallik alleged adding that 12 per cent seats are meant for tribal students and only eight per cent go to dalit candidates.

Mallik claimed that though the former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik on August 3, 1992 ordered the government to make provision of 38 per cent reservation for ST and SC students in educational institutions, it was yet to be implemented. "The BJD government in 2006 had also agreed to implement 38 per cent reservation for ST and SC students in education. But, the students of the two communities are yet to get benefit," he said.