, Manoj C G
| Mumbai, New Delhi |
Up to date: December 19, 2020 9:08:58 am
The Congress desires the Uddhav Thackeray-led MahaVikas Aghadi authorities, of which it’s a half, to introduce a quota for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) entrepreneurs in authorities contracts and initiatives.
In a letter written to Thackeray on December 14, Congress president and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has reminded that “insurance policies and programmes for the welfare of the Dalits and Adivasis in Maharashtra is an important dedication made within the Widespread Minimal Programme of the MahaVikas Aghadi”.
Gandhi wrote, “To stimulate entrepreneurship in SC/ST communities; reservation in authorities contracts and initiatives for enterprises promoted by SC/ST professionals needs to be launched.” This, she mentioned, had been finished earlier by the UPA authorities on the Centre and by the earlier Congress-led authorities in Karnataka.
Cong’s newfound assertiveness
Usually thought to be a 3rd wheel within the Maharashtra alliance, Congress is now trying to assert itself extra aggressively within the authorities’s functioning and coverage making. Whereas the SC/ST communities in Maharashtra have historically been a loyal help base of the Congress, some social gathering leaders from the neighborhood have complained that the NCP, which heads the social welfare division, was working away with the credit score for varied social welfare initiatives.
Aside from reservations for the SC/ST entrepreneurs, Gandhi has additionally demanded that “the budget allocation for the SC/ST communities needs to be proportionate to their share within the inhabitants”.
On the traces of an enactment by the earlier Congress governments in Karnataka and undivided Andhra Pradesh, she has additionally demanded that Maharashtra ought to enact a legislation mandating “utilisation of the funds allotted for the welfare of those communities throughout the identical monetary yr”.
Batting for growth of scholarship schemes and residential colleges for college students from the neighborhood, she has mentioned that the “focus could also be on the schemes that may convey these communities on par with the remainder of the society on the earliest”.
She requested Thackeray to undertake “speedy recruitment drives to refill a backlog of posts in varied departments reserved for the SC/ST communities”.
Concluding her deal with to Thackeray, Gandhi’s letter said, “I’m assured that beneath your management, the MVA authorities will proceed to implement the CMP in letter and spirit.”
The Congress’s transfer to launch contents of Gandhi’s letter comes at a time when a bit of the SC leaders of Maharashtra Congress are upset with the state management. A gathering of Congress leaders belonging to the SC communities convened by AICC answerable for the state H Ok Patil earlier this month had witnessed a showdown between Vitality Minister Nitin Raut and state president and his Cupboard colleague Balasaheb Thorat.
A bit of the SC leaders had been upset over the social gathering nominating singer and activist Annirudha Vankar as an MLC candidate. Vankar had contested the Meeting polls final yr on a Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi ticket.
Patil on Friday mentioned the letter by Gandhi is predicated on the strategies given by the state Congress after a brainstorming conclave of outstanding Dalit leaders and stakeholders it had organised not too long ago.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut mentioned his social gathering has a dedication to the widespread minimal program. “The issues talked about within the letter are a part of widespread minimal programme and we’ve a dedication to it. A number of the issues couldn’t have occurred as there was a lockdown on this yr. However, these items will occur from subsequent yr,” he mentioned.
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