Bhubaneswar: The Odisha BJP today slammed the State Government for not offering reservation to backward castes in educational institutions for the last two decades that it has been in power.
“Odisha is the only State where OBCs are not being given their constitutional due in educational institutes. The Government is also delaying appointment of OBC Commissioner. It reflects that the BJD Government is least bothered about the development of people belonging to Other Backward Classes category and Social and Economically Backward Classes too,” State BJP general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan told media persons here.
The response of BJP came two days after the State Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik resolved to move the Centre seeking a Socio-Economic Caste Enumeration along with the General Census 2021.
On Sunday, senior BJP leader and Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan requested the State Government to implement Other Backward Classes (OBC) quota in Government jobs and educational institutions.
Meanwhile, State ST & SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes while refuting the allegations of BJP said that several hostels have been set up by the State Government to provide educational facilities to backward classes.
He also said that the process to form OBC Commission is already underway.