OBC MPs seek parliamentary panel to be set up

Online edition of India's National Newspaper, Friday, Jul 17, 2009

By J. Balaji

NEW DELHI: A delegation of Members of Parliament, belonging to the Other Backward Classess (OBCs), who have come under the “Parliamentary Forum of OBC MPs,” will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar next week to seek the setting up of a “Parliamentary committee for OBCs” on the lines of the one already existing for SC/ST.

They would also urge the government to provide constitutional powers to the National Commission for Backward Classes for ensuring effective implementation of reservation policy for OBCs as enunciated in the Constitution. They point out that the similar Commission for SC/ST had such statutory powers.

These were among the decisions taken at the meeting of OBC MPs held here on Wednesday night in which over 70 MPs, belonging to both Houses of Parliament, attended, said Forum convenor and Rajya Sabha member from Andhra Pradesh V. Hanumantha Rao.

Setting up a parliamentary committee and providing constitutional powers to the BC Commission was essential to investigate and monitor all matters relating to safeguards for OBCs. He said majority in the country belong to Backward Classes and that the services of the Commission constituted for them should not be utilised for mere inclusion or exclusion in the BC list.

Ministers M. Veerappa Moily, G.K. Vasan, Sriprakash Jaiswal, Srikant Jena, V. Narayanasamy, Sachin Pilot and Arun Yadav, besides MPs from the Congress, DMK, PMK, AIADMK, Samajwadi Party and the RJD participated in the meeting.


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