No plans to reverse decision on OBC quotas: Centre

The issue led to chaos in Rajya Sabha with the Samajwadi Party members rushing into the well of the house and shouted anti-government slogans.

Published: 24th March 2017 10:23 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th March 2017 10:23 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Government said that it has no plans to reverse decision on providing quota to Dalits and OBCs even as the Opposition claimed that the steps have been taken by the Centre to disband the OBC Commission.

The issue led to chaos in Rajya Sabha with the Samajwadi Party members rushing into the well of the house and shouted anti-government slogans.

SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav said that the government rather than giving constitutional status to the OBC Commission which was created after a Supreme Court ruling in 1992, has disbanded it.

“The government has created an educationally and socially backward class commission and given it a constitutional status. It is part of a conspiracy to end Dalit and OBC reservation in the country. They have betrayed people belonging to these classes,” said Yadav.

The government denied all allegation and Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot said Prime Minister Narenda Modi has himself said that reservation of SCs, STs and OBCs will continue.

"We have been a supporter of reservation to these communities since the time of Jansangh and will continue to be a supporter," he said.

Despite efforts by the government to calm the angry members, Yadav said that there is also move by the government to remove some backward communities like communities like Yadavs, Kurmis, Lodhas and Kushwaha from the OBC list.  

He received support from other opposition parties like BSP and Congress and this led to adjournment of the house for 10 minutes.

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