NEW DELHI: After Sadhvi Savitri Bai Phule of Bahraich, ChhoteLal Khairwar of Robertsganj, Ashok Dohre of Etawah, another Dalit MP – Dr Yashwant Singh -- of ruling BJP has raised the banner of revolt on the issue of Dalits’ marginalisation in the country. In a letter written to PM Modi, Singh has talked about the agony and despair of the community in country during the last four years of BJP rule.
Singh, who is BJP MP from Nagina in western UP, has basically raised the issue of reservation for Dalits in private sector and also in promotions. He has also urged the PM to forcefully pursue review petition against supreme court’s order diluting SC/ST Act-1989.
“Being a Dalit my capabilities have not been put to use. I only became an MP because of reservation,” Singh writes to PM adding that the govt has failed to do anything concrete for 30 crore Dalits of the country during the last four years.
An MD from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and having cleared the United States Medical Licensing Examination, Singh claims that he had met the PM immediately after getting elected to Lok Sabah with the request for a bill providing reservation in promotions . But that has not been done even after four years, writes Singh. The BJP MP adds that reservation is the lifeline for the growth of Dalit community in India.
Singh who belongs to Jatav community, further writes that in judiciary his community has no representation and that is the reason courts, every now and then, keep on giving orders against Dalits diluting their rights and depriving them of their due in society.
"Dalits can't grow and progress without favourable government policies," he writes in the letter adding that when elected this government enjoyed the perception of being a pro-deprived and pro-downtrodden dispensation. "But today, we the Dalit MPs are facing resentment and angst seeping into our community. We have no answer to the questions of our people,” he maintains.
He urges the PM to get the bill on reservation in promotion passed as soon as possible to further the cause of the community. He has also requested Modi to get the vacancy backlog cleared and provide reservation to dalits in private sector as well.