Centre firm on constitutional status to OBC panel: Rajnath

Centre firm on constitutional status to OBC panel: Rajnath

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said the NDA government will accord constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) despite hurdles being created by the Congress.

Speaking at a programme organised by the Akhila Karnataka Vishwakarma Mahasabha at Palace Grounds in Bengaluru, Singh said the Narendra Modi government had proposed to provide constitutional status to the NCBC for the welfare and protection of rights of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs). But, the Congress members in the Rajya Sabha were restricting the bill to be passed.

“Our government is committed to provide constitutional status to NCBC. Will pass the bill come what may. No power on earth can stop us from doing it,” Singh said.
The Lok Sabha had passed the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill 2017, in April. However, the Congress had restrained it in the Rajya Sabha.

He said the OBCs were getting 32% reservation in Karnataka in education and employment but only a handful were reaping the benefits. There can be true development when social justice is rendered to all, he said and added that the Centre is working in this direction. The Centre had recently decided to set up a commission to examine the issue of sub-categorisation of the OBCs, he said. The plan is to usher in a “New India” by 2022.

“India achieved freedom in 1947, five years after Quit India Movement, after people resolved to get rid of the British rule. If such a resolution brought us freedom, why not we resolve today to create a new India by 2022. It is possible,” he said.

Singh said the UPA government gave away crores of rupees to people such as industrialist Vijay Mallya through bank loans, but not to poor people. In contrast, the Modi government had implemented Mudra Yojana benefiting poor in large number.

He said Pakistan has been sending terrorists to India, but the Indian soldiers have been gunning down at least five to six of them every day.

Akhila Karnataka Vishwakarma Mahasabha president K P Nanjundi said there are 45 lakh people from the Vishwakarma community residing in the state.

“We are electorally strong as there are 6,000 to 20,000 voters from Vishwakarma community in each of the 224 Assembly constituencies in the state. Yet, we are politically backward. There should be an introspection on this,” he said.

The Mahasabha in its charter of demands have sought the setting up of a Vishwakarma Development Corporation and a special law to prevent harassment of goldsmiths by the police.

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