Bhubaneswar ,10/1 ( Odisha Samachar /Abhisek Mohanty): Urging for 27 percent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in all State Government and Private sector jobs and other demands, the Odisha State Committee of Samajwadi Party staged demonstration at Master Canteen Square and submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday.
Odisha Administrative Tribunal in the judgment of December 18, 2013 has struck down the 27 percent reservation for OBCs in the coming Odisha Civil Services Examination and Assistant Section Officers Examination which was scheduled to be held on January 19, 2014 as it is not tenable in law. This judgment is a setback for all backward class students appearing the OAS Examination. In view of the judgment we urge to take steps for which the OBCs of the State will be able to avail 27 percent reservations in all State government jobs and their children can also avail 27 percent reservation in admission to all State sponsored colleges and universities including Medical, Engineering and MBA courses, said party’s State President Rabi Behera.
On August 7, 1990 Mandal Commission Report was implemented by the then Central Government which provides 27 percent reservation for OBCs in employment. Subsequently the Centre also took steps to provide 27 percent reservation for OBC students in all Central Universities, IITs, IIMS and PGI for admission. Recently the Central Government has declared 27 percent reservation in allotment of Petrol Pumps. But the aforesaid order of Odisha Administrative Tribunal has brought down the OBC reservation to only 11.5 percent in employment and no steps has been taken to provide reservation for OBC students for admission in State sponsored Universities, Colleges, Management, Engineering and Medical Institutions, he said adding “though an Act has been passed with a unanimous resolution in Odisha Assembly in 2008 for OBC reservation of 27 percent in employment, the same is now lying with Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India for its inclusion in IX schedule of the constitution to keep reservation beyond 50 percent. Neither the State Government nor the MPs have raised it in the Parliament for which almost 50 percent of the State population is still languishing to get the benefit of reservation”.
The State Government should move swiftly to direct OPS to postpone the coming OAS Examination to be held on January 19, 2014, the Odisha Reservation of SEBC Vacancies Act 2008 be included in IX Scheduled of Indian Constitution to keep it above judicial review as done in case of Tamil Nadu, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs should be directed to raise the issue in coming Parliament Session in mid February 2014 and the State should take steps to establish a Statutory OBC Commission to look into the rights and welfare of OBCs in Odisha, the memorandum stated.
Moreover the memorandum also added that the MLAS and MPs in the State should be empowered to issue OBC Certificates as it is very difficult to get OBC certificate from the Tahasil now a days,