11 April, 2021

‘Reservation Should Be Included In The Ninth Schedule Of The Constitution’

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‘Reservation Should Be Included In The Ninth Schedule Of The Constitution’

Ramdas Athawale, Union minister of state for social justice, in conversation with Preetha Nair

The SC said that reservation in promotions is not a fundamental right.

We are against the SC order. Reservation is a guaranteed right given by the Constitution. All the MPs and ministers from the SC and ST community are planning to meet PM Modi soon.

The government has not responded in Parliament ­regarding the court order. What is your stand?

I am part of the government. We want the government to move a review petition in the court. Our demand is that reservation provisions should be included in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution so that the rights of underprivileged communities are safeguarded. The Constitution should be amended. After that, nobody can appeal in courts to review reservation policies. I am hopeful that the government will pass the bill in the next session of Parliament.

It is perceived that RSS and BJP are against reservation. RSS chief Mohan...

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