//Dalit leader for a law to provide job reservation to SCs

Dalit leader for a law to provide job reservation to SCs

Sunday May 28 2006, PTI

NEW DELHI: Indian Justice party today favoured enactment of a law to provide job reservation to scheduled castes and said that his joining former Prime Minister V P Singh's Jan Morcha will signal a long-drawn struggle for the uplift of the deprived sections.

"Only after a law is enacted, it will be binding on the government to provide jobs to the dalits. In the absence of such a law, lakhs of poor people are going jobless," Udit Raj, head of the Indian Justice party, told a press conference jointly with Singh. Raj, who also heads the SC/ST confederation, charged the SP and BSP with "not doing anything constructive" for the uplift of the dalits and alleged that the two parties have neglected the education system in Uttar Pradesh.

He said that the Jan Morcha rally in Lucknow on may 30 will enjoy his full support and signal the beginning of a major fight for the welfare of the dalits.

Singh said Union ministers Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan, left leaders A B Bardhan, D Raja and Atul Anjan and former JD(S) leaders Siddharamaiah and C M Ibrahim are likely to participate in the rally which will highlight the problems being faced by farmers, labourers and weavers.