|Early Times Report|
Jammu, July 15: RK Kalsotra, State President, All India Confederation of SC/ST/OBC Organisations , said today in his press statement and demanded 27% reservation for OBCs in UT J&K.
In this connection, Kalsotra said that the Confederation wrote to LG, GC Murmu and demanded toto implementation of Mandal Commission report which recommends 27% reservation for OBCs and is implemented elsewhere in the country.
Kalsotra welcomed the decision of starting of administration to initiate the recruitment process in various sectors but he also demanded the adequate representation for the OBCs in these recruitments.He appraised this OBC in the state is a combination of Hindu Muslim comprising of Barbers, Washerman, Bhands, Mirasis, Madari/Bazigars, Kulfaqir, Dambali Faqir, Dooms, Shupri Wattal, Sansis, Sikligars, Jheewers, Gharati, Teli, Lohars, Tarkhans, Gilkar, Lubana, Bhangies/Kharkroes (Sweepers), Shoe repairs, Shaksaz, Potters(Kumahars), Markababs, Fisherman (Gada Hanz), Bahach Habjie and Shikara Wallas who are the most poorer amongst the poorer . Kalsotra said that the last caste based census for OBCs was held in 1931. Since then, there hasn't been any adequate estimate of their population. Thus, their share is also ambiguous in nature. Kalsotra demanded a caste based census in 2021 including the OBCs so that their due population is noted and share is given via reservation.
Till this happens, Kalsotra demanded 10% in hand reservation with the administration of J&K for OBCs. This 10% reservation is due from the 50% reservation cap put by the Supreme Court and should be given to OBCs whose share is merely 4% presently in the UT.