Reser­va­tion to poor of up­per class wel­come step: Sham

The Northlines - - STATE - NL COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Jammu, Jan 11: For­mer min­is­ter and se­nior Congress leader Sham Lal Sharma ap­pre­ci­ated his party lead­er­ship for ex­tend­ing sup­port to the bill grant­ing 10 % reser­va­tion for poor in gen­eral category. Ad­dress­ing a pub­lic meet­ing at Pan­chayat Gharatal in Akhnoor, Sharma said that the Congress party sup­ported this bill keep­ing in view the in­ter­est of com­mon masses and above party pol­i­tics. He fur­ther said that when­ever BJP was in opposition, they did pol­i­tics even on the is­sues re­lat­ing to com­mon peo­ple. Sham said the peo­ple are happy with Congress party for ex­tend­ing sup­port to this bill. He said it is ques­tion that how much the ef­fected peo­ple will be ben­e­fited with this bill. In the ab­sence of job av­enues, this bill will not be of much help to the com­mon poor man. He urged the Gov­ern­ment to open job av­enues so that the poor peo­ple are able to take ben­e­fit of this reser­va­tion quota. Congress leader fur­ther said that it will be fu­tile to de­rive ben­e­fit of 10% reser­va­tion un­less and un­til job op­por­tu­ni­ties are opened. He said that Modi Gov­ern­ment had mis­er­ably failed to pro­vide em­ploy­ment to un­em­ployed youths across the coun­try. He said the Govt’s decision on quota should not be politi­cized. The peo­ple of the area voiced their con­cern about the non- avail­abil­ity of ba­sic ameni­ties like im­proved of di­lap­i­dated roads, non­avail­abil­ity of wa­ter, elec­tric­ity, ra­tion etc. Sharma ex­tended his grat­i­tude to the newly elected Sarpanch Ajit Ku­mar for mak­ing elab­o­rate ar­range­ments to make this func­tion a suc­cess.

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