No plan to cancel quota for Dalits, OBCs, says government

The issue led to chaos in the Rajya Sabha on Friday with Samajwadi Party members rushing into the Well of the House raising anti-government slogans.

Published: 25th March 2017 12:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th March 2017 12:56 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

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

The issue led to chaos in the Rajya Sabha on Friday with Samajwadi Party members rushing into the Well of the House raising anti-government slogans.

SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav said 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 a part of a conspiracy to end Dalit and OBC reservation in the country. They have betrayed people belonging to these classes,” he said.

The government, however, denied all the allegations with Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi has himself said that reservation of SCs, STs and OBCs will continue. “We have been a supporter of reservation for these communities since the time of Jansangh and will continue to be a supporter,” Gehlot said.

Ram Gopal Yadav said there is also a move by the government to remove some backward communities from the OBC list. The BSP and the Congress supported his claim.

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