Congress to give 27% quota to BCs in Class 1, 2 jobs: Sur­je­w­ala

EYE ON POLLS AICC com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­charge also prom­ises to set up a back­ward class cor­po­ra­tion in the state, which will pro­vide soft loans to un­em­ployed BC youths, if Congress is voted to power in 2019 assem­bly elec­tions

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› The BJP had as­sured the peo­ple of back­ward classes that the party will pro­vide them gov­ern­ment jobs and other fa­cil­i­ties, but they have for­got­ten their prom­ises. RANDEEP SINGH SUR­JE­W­ALA, Congress leader

HISAR: The Congress will pro­vide 27% reser­va­tion to back­ward classes (BCs) in Class 1 and 2 gov­ern­ment jobs, if the party is voted to power in the state, se­nior party leader Randeep Singh Sur­je­w­ala said on Satur­day.

Ad­dress­ing a back­ward class rally at the grain mar­ket here, Sur­je­w­ala also said the Congress gov­ern­ment will also set up a back­ward class cor­po­ra­tion in the state, ap­point one mem­ber each of SC and BC cat­e­gory in Haryana Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (HPSC) and Haryana Staff Selec­tion Com­mis­sion (HSSC), be­sides fill­ing back­log posts re­served for them within a year.

“Our gov­ern­ment will pro­vide Rs 500 crore per an­num to the back­ward class cor­po­ra­tion to give soft loans to un­em­ployed BC youths on 4% in­ter­est,” said the AICC com­mu­ni­ca­tions in-charge.

Sur­je­w­ala, who is be­ing con­sid­ered a con­tender for the CM’s post in Haryana, has lately been ad­dress­ing ral­lies across the state.

He said the Congress gov­ern­ment will sup­port pot­ters, car­pen­ters, bar­bers and iron­smiths un­der the aegis of Haryana Back­ward Classes and Eco­nom­i­cally Weaker Sec­tions Wel­fare Board, which would work to en­hance em­ploy­ment av­enues for less ed­u­cated BC youths.

Sur­je­w­ala said it was al­ways the Congress gov­ern­ment which in­creased the reser­va­tion quota for back­ward classes in the state. He said the BCs were pro­vided 2% quota in 1952, which got in­creased to 10% in 1980-81 by a Congress gov­ern­ment. “The BC quota was fur­ther in­creased to 27% for non-gazetted posts and 10% for gazetted posts in 1995-96 again by a Congress Gov­ern­ment. It was fur­ther in­creased to 15% for Gazetted posts in 2014 by the Congress,” he added.

He said the Congress party is com­mit­ted to the wel­fare of poor and de­prived sec­tions of the so­ci­ety. Slam­ming the rul­ing BJP, he said, “Be­fore 2014 elec­tions, the BJP had as­sured the peo­ple of back­ward classes that the party will pro­vide them gov­ern­ment jobs and other fa­cil­i­ties, but as soon as they came to power at the Cen­tre and in the state, they for­got their prom­ises.” He said the Khat­tar gov­ern­ment failed to main­tain law and or­der dur­ing the Jat ag­i­ta­tion in 2017 and Panchkula vi­o­lence.

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■ Congress leader Randeep Singh Sur­je­w­ala (2R) with oth­ers dur­ing a rally in Hisar on Satur­day.

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