Haridwar, September 4
Legislator from the Jhabredas Assembly segment in Haridwar district Hari Das has said reservation in promotion is the basic right of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.
Hari Das told The Tribune that opposing or denying reservation in promotions was unjustified and, if needed, he along with various unions of SC/ST employees would take to streets.
The MLA termed it as an infringement on the basic right of suppressed classes, which the Constitution has granted them. He said reservation had been going on in India for decades owing to its social structure. Why an issue was being made out of it now?
“Reservation is not anyone’s discretion that one can change. Baba Saheb Ambedkar had a visionary approach that led to a better social status and living conditions for the suppressed classes. The BSP has opposed the scrapping of reservation in promotion in government jobs and we will hold protests for our constitutional right,” said Hari Das.
On other issues facing the state, the MLA said the coalition government led by Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna was trying to put the state on a development path that was derailed by the previous BJP government.
Replying to a question on the candidate for the parliamentary byelection in Tehri Garhwal, the BSP legislator said the party high command would take a decision in this regard. Hari Das said the proposed Cabinet meeting at Gairsain on October 3 was a welcome step as it met the aspirations of the people of the state.

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