Published On : Sat, Feb 13th, 2016

Rahul Gandhi siding with anti-national elements over JNU row: Union Minister Gehlot

Ghelot in Patrakar BhavanNagpur: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party both are striving hard and committed to carryout development in the country as well as conferring rights to the deprived sections of the society. The BJP Government at the Centre has made appreciable efforts for empowerment of viklang persons. Till to date, no Government had any substantial information of any kind regarding nomadic tribes but the BJP Government has set up a Commissioner that has started collecting vital statistics and other information of these wandering people. At the same time, no recommendation has been made to include Dhangar community in the ambit of scheduled caste,” said Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawarchand Gehlot while briefing media persons at a press meet held at Tilak Patrakar Bhavan here on Saturday. Gehlot is on a two-day visit to Nagpur since February 12 and dealt on various contentious issues including reservation in private sector, inclusion of Dhangar community in scheduled caste category and sedition controversy in JNU.

Leaders of party that fought for country’s freedom are siding with traitors:
Commenting on the fresh controversy that erupted in JNU and subsequent statement by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi charging BJP of resorting to gagging and conspiring to shut down the university, Gehlot hit back by saying that the party which played significant role in freedom struggle is siding with the elements who are trying to create anti-national sentiments in the country. This is very unfortunate. This Congress party has turned out to be of Sonia Gandhi’s Congress Party and not of Sardar Patel, Lalbahadur Shastri and Jawaharlal Nehru’s party. However, the traitors shouting anti-national slogans in BJP-ruled States will not be spared, asserted Gehlot.

Reservation in private sector is being studied:
The Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawarchand Gehlot further said that the demand to extend reservation in private sector is old one and is being raised time and again. “Government is also in favour of the demand but the issued cannot be hammered out at the will of the Government only. However, the government is making efforts to create conducive atmosphere to arrive at a meaningful decision. Talks are going on with several companies. After a detailed study, reservation to SC, ST, and OBC will be extended in private sector,” declared the Minister.

Quota for Dhangar community:
Commenting on the Dhangar community’s demand to include it in scheduled caste category from OBC category, the Minister said that even though the matter comes under Central Government’s jurisdiction it is the State Government which has to submit such proposal. As if now, his ministry has not received such proposal from the State Government. A representational demand has been made in this regard but that is not sufficient. It is the State Government that submits its recommendation and in return the Central Government forwards it to National Registrar’s office for its perusal and report to the ministry, stated Gehlot.