Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today wrote a fresh letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seeking higher reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Socially Educationaaly Backward Classes (SEBC) in Government jobs and educational institutions in Odisha.
Pradhan in the letter said, “Following the resolution of the Maharashtra Assembly, your Government has recently passed a resolution for simultaneous enumeration of socially and economically backward classes and castes alongside the upcoming general census in 2021. This move comes across as a dilatory and dichotomous step trying to mask the extant policies of the State Government delaying State-wide reservation for OBC and SEBC categories.”
“This stance is evident from the non-appointment of a Backward Class Commission by the State Government to look into the issue,” said Pradhan.
“More than 209 communities identified as SEBCs in the State which are traditionally deprived of resources, the Union Minister drew the CM’s attention to Articles 15 (4) and 16 (4) of Constitution under which Central Government has provided 27 per cent reservation to OBCs in Government jobs as well as in educational institutions,” said Pradhan.
“However, even nearly 30 years of implementation of the said reservations, it is difficult to decipher why Government of Odisha is not providing any such reservations to OBCs in public employment or in educational institutions and to SEBCs in educational institutions,” said Pradhan, who hails from Odisha.
On July 25, 2019, the Union Minister had also written to Patnaik seeking reservation for OBCs and educational institutions and for SEBC in educational institutions in Odisha.