Rahul backs Dalit-tribal shutdown over forest rights, reservation
New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi extended support to Dalit and tribal groups observing a nationwide shutdown on Tuesday demanding that the Modi government should promulgate an ordinances to provide forest rights to tribals and job security for ad hoc teachers.
In a tweet, Rahul blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his “false promises” for putting Dalits and tribals in distress and compelling them to hit the streets in protest.
“Our tribal and Dalit brothers and sisters are in distress. There have been constant attacks on their rights to forest and life. They are in distress as their rights to forests are being snatched and Constitutional provisions of reservations tampered with,” said Rahul.
Supported by several Opposition parties including the Left, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, the Dalits and tribals protested against the University Grants Commission’s new 13-point roster system that will reduce jobs for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes.
Rahul in February wrote to Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar urging him to restore the “200-point roster system” of reservation mechanism for faculties in universities.
Under the new 13-point roster system, each department is taken as a unit for implementing recruitment and reservation policy for teachers. Under the earlier system, the entire university was taken as a unit for reservation and recruitment.