HOME > SOCIETY > POLITICS > Aam Aadmi Party’s reservation policy – first educate, then dismantle

Aam Aadmi Party’s reservation policy – first educate, then dismantle

The Aam Aadmi Party has clarified its stand on the subject of caste-based reservations in government jobs, saying it is in favor of abolishing reservations after social equality has been achieved.

Kejriwal said the Aam Aadmi Party was not in favor of discontinuing reservations in the current circumstance as caste-based discrimination, untouchability and injustice are still a reality in today’s India. Until this is removed, and everyone is given a shot at achieving a decent education, reservations will have to be maintained.

“In our country, there is a section in the society that has faced the injustices of untouchability and injustice for generations. The untouchability has not gone away even today, even in the cities. I have been to villages in UP and Bihar. Even today, there are separate areas outside the main village for dalits. Even today, if one of them comes close (to the ‘normal villager), they don’t take food. The stories that we used to hear is still practised in these villages,” Kejriwal said.

However, Kejriwal said mere reservation in government jobs will not help in solving the problem of caste discrimination and injustice as the number of government jobs under reservation is very small.

“Mere reservations (in jobs) will not work. We need more than that,” he said.

“We did a calculation. In the central and state governments, a total of 2 lakh government jobs are advertised that carry reservation benefits. But in our country, there are 25 crore people who belong to the oppressed classes. If you give 2 lakh jobs a year, it will take 1,000 years to cover 25 crore people.

“So mere reservations will not do. We need to take other steps. In our opinion, you need to fix the education system, the government schools. When we were in government in Delhi, Manish Sisodia, the education minister, asked for a list of government schools and started work immediately to fix government schools.

“If we provide better education in government schools compared to private schools, then the people who live in settlements outside the village can send their children to these government schools and within one generation, these kids will grow up to be qualified, educated youths.

“In one generation, these kids will be ready, and will achieve equality and they themselves will say, ‘we want to compete with you on an equal footing. You can remove reservations.’ But we must have reservations until this is achieved,” Kejriwal said.

This is the first clear articulation of the Aam Aadmi Party’s policy on caste-based reservations, a touchy subject among upper caste voters. Many upper caste youth want the system of caste-based reservations to be removed as they feel that they are not able to compete when 50% of the seats are reserved for 75% of the population. Many upper caste job seekers point out that the 25-30% ‘general category’ students have only 50% of the seats available to them.

In the old times, most or virtually all the government jobs were handled by upper castes. The reservation policy has prevented this, creating widespread discontent among young upper caste, or ‘general category’ job seekers.

Kejriwal said his party has got the support of the backward and dalit (oppressed) castes and communities. “In Delhi, the entire Valmiki community, the entire dalit community is with Aam Aadmi Party. Out of the 12 seats reserved (for Dalits), we won 9 seats,” he pointed out.

Follow ULTRA.news
Ahmedabad cops deny permission to roadshow by Modi, Rahul The Ahmedabad administration has denied permission to the 'roadshows' planned by Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad tomorrow.The separate roadshows would have featured Modi and Rahul Gandhi traversing the city in a last minute effort to boost their res...
AAP Govt suspends license of Max Hospital after newborn dies The Delhi government has suspended the license of the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh after it was implicated in wrongly declaring a newbord dead."They cannot take any new patients, but they can continue to treat the existing patients," Delhi's health minister Satyendar Jain s...
I am low-caste, but I do high work – Modi replies to Aiyer Mani Shankar Aiyar tried to undo the damage he caused to the party's prospects in Gujarat by calling Narendra Modi -- who hails from a group classified under the Other Backward Communities -- 'neech' (low or low-caste), but Modi sought to take advantage of the controversy by sei...
COLUMN: A win for Congress in Gujarat may be just what Modi needs By all accounts, the chances of a Congress victory is becoming stronger and stronger in Gujarat, a state that goes to the polls on Sunday.The possibility was almost unthinkable two months ago, even to Congress strategists, but the 'Patel factor' is likely to be the deciding ...
Uddhav Thackeray met with Sharad Pawar – report Largely along expected lines, the two warring allies within the Maharashtra government -- the BJP and the Shiv Sena -- are now reported to be wooing Sharad Pawar led Nationalist Congress Party.Shiv Sena head Uddhav Thackeray met with Pawar ten days ago, said CNN News18, and ...
“There’s no going back” says Kamal Haasan, “I’m in politics to stay... Kamal Haasan | Wikipedia Kamal Haasan today announced the launch of a new app called Mayyam or Whistle, in an attempt to organize people for a political movement, and said there was no question of turning back."If I call such a huge press meeting and I say, I am still thinki...
Rahul Gandhi, Marry a Dalit girl – Ramdas Athawale Taking a jibe at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's 'increasing love for Dalits', Dalit leader Ramdas Athawale said the chronic bachelor and heir to the Congress Party should now get married to a Dalit girl.Speaking at a function in Akola in Maharashtra, Athawale said Ga...
Explore autonomy for Jammu & Kashmir – P Chidambaram Former union home minister P Chidambaram today said India should 'seriously consider' giving autonomy to the state of Jammu & Kashmir.Chidambaram, who was in charge of maintaining law and order in the hill state for several years as part of his role as India's home minis...
CIA biggest beneficiary of Aadhaar, says Swamy; GST not behind slowdown BJP leader and libertarian politician Subramanian Swamy said he believes that the design of Aadhaar system exposes core data to 'American intelligence agencies' and expressed consternation that the government was continuing with the unique identification number scheme. Subraman...
Arrest warrant issued on Hardik Patel in Gujarat A non-bailable arrest warrant has been issued against Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel and Lalji Patel in a two-year-old case related to violence at a rally.The warrant was issued in relation to violence seen in the aftermath of a rally in Vishnagar town of ...
VENGARA Election Results: Left Front vote up 20%, Cong, BJP down The results of the bypoll held in Vengara assembly constituency in Kerala have confirmed the Congress-led UDF's worries about losing support in the southern state.The results also showed that the BJP suffered a decline in popularity in Kerala in the last 18 months or so....
BJP places gruesome banners of Kerala killings in New Delhi https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1669117573148867&set=pcb.1336920326413229&type=3&theater&ifg=1   In an attempt to drum up public support for its fight with the Left Front in Kerala, the BJP's Delhi unit has in the heart of the national capital place...
Kejriwal’s bet on Delhi schools is paying off – survey A survey by industry association Assocham has found that the majority of people who send their children to government schools are "overwhelmingly satisfied" with the performance of the schools.Improving the performance of government schools has been a high priority for the A...
KERALA LOVE JIHAD: Supreme Court asks why Fadiya can’t make her own decisions The Kerala 'Love Jihad' case saw a twist today with the Supreme Court making pointed observations while hearing the appeal against a decision by the Kerala High Court to annul the marriage of a Hindu girl who converted to Islam.The court observed that it will examine the que...
NDTV officially denies sale to Ajay Singh India's oldest English television news broadcaster NDTV officially denied that it has been sold to Ajay Singh, the promoter of SpiceJet."We wish to inform you that the promoters of the Company have not entered into any agreement for sale of their stake in the Company to any ...
Stock Exchange seeks clarification from NDTV on Ajay Singh’s stake-buy NDTV Promoter Prannoy Roy with former PM Manmohan SinghThe National Stock Exchange has again sought a clarification from NDTV after the Indian Express reported that SpiceJet promoter Ajay Singh was now the biggest shareholder in the media company.UPDATE: NDTV has denied ...
Bawana Bypoll Results: A morale booster for Arvind Kejriwal? The Aam Aadmi Party led by Arvind Kejriwal is all set to retain the Bawana constituency in Delhi, giving a much-needed morale booster to the embattled AAP leader.According to the latest bypoll results, the Aam Aadmi Party is at about 36,878 votes, followed by the Congress Par...
Modi should decide on Khattar’s resignation, Subramanian Swamy Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar seems to be facing mounting pressure to step down, with BJP leader Subramanian Swamy hinting that the CM does not enjoy total support of BJP leaders."The question of (Khattar's) resignation has to be taken up by the prime minister, ...
More OBCs to get reservation: Creamy layer limit relaxed to 8 lakh More families belonging to the Other Backward Classes or OBCs will now be eligible to get benefits of reservation in government jobs and educational institutions after the government raised the income limit for such benefits.Under the new rules, candidates from households wit...
Liquor shops in Kerala start installing token system Kerala's snaking long queues in front of its liquor shops -- the state's only source of alcohol after bars were banned in 2014 -- are almost as famous as the backwaters and beaches, but some relief may be on the horizon for hapless liquor buyers.As there are only about 340 li...