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Education minister Pradhan accused the opposition of getting “double standards” on OBC reservation and mentioned there needs to be no confusion concerning the core coverage and intention of the Centre.

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday mentioned caste-based census is a “revolutionary” course of and a few states have already carried out it.

He additionally mentioned that the parliament system is supreme and it has the proper to determine on insurance policies for the nation and body legal guidelines for the welfare of the folks. The minister was talking throughout a debate in Rajya Sabha.

He accused the opposition of getting “double standards” on OBC reservation and mentioned there needs to be no confusion concerning the core coverage and intention of the Centre.

The Upper House was debating the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Seventh Amendment) Bill, 2021 that seeks to revive the states’ energy to arrange their very own OBC lists. The Bill has already been cleared by the Lok Sabha.

“Caste census is a revolutionary process in the country. It is not that caste census has not happened. Many states have considered it as the basis,” the training minister famous. The Modi authorities is making an attempt to provide all of the castes their rights, he mentioned. “It is therefore, unnecessary to doubt our intention,” he added.

Some Lok Sabha MPs from the DMK celebration had lately met him and raised the problem of reservation in greater training establishments reminiscent of IITs and central universities for SC, ST and OBCs.

“It was news for me,” Pradhan mentioned, including that he enquired concerning the matter and located that the availability was there until 1989 that there can be reservation, however it is going to get lapsed if the emptiness was not stuffed up.

“… if the specified candidate is just not obtainable, the quota will lapse the next 12 months. It was rectified by the prime minister in 2018-19, who ensured the reservation doesn’t get lapsed,” he mentioned.

The current authorities has carried out 27 per cent OBC reservations in NEET medical entrance examination. Besides, it has additionally carried out reservations for OBCs in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and Kendriya Vidyalaya.

Pradhan added that the Opposition members have been saying that “you have tied our hands by not exceeding over 50 per cent over the total reservation”. He mentioned it was determined to arrange caste-based census listing throughout the earlier authorities.

“Socio economy cast survey census was drafted. But it was not implemented within the year 2004 to 2014… we have implemented it,” the minister mentioned.

He mentioned the Centre used this listing in schemes reminiscent of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna. Pradhan, former Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas mentioned, additionally famous that in his tenure, 8 crore LPG connections have been allotted based mostly on the SC/ST listing.

He additionally congratulated the present minister H S Puri for granting one crore new connections on Tuesday.

“The BJP authorities allotted 11,262 LPG distributorships once I was the petroleum minister. In this, it not solely gave rights to the scheduled castes and tribes, but in addition gave LPG distributorship to offer employment to 2,852 OBC youth. At that point, no such demand was made out of the federal government,” he added.

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