Demand for Parliamentary panel to address grievances of OBCs

New Delhi: A strong demand for constituting a Parliamentary Committee to address the grievances of OBCs was made by a group of Parliamentarians here on Thursday.

A delegation of MPs, headed by V Hanumantha Rao, Convener of Parliamentary Forum of OBC MPs, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and requested him to take steps to set up such a Committee in order to ensure implementation of reservation for OBCs in government departments.

The government has constituted Parliamentary Committee for women and minorities only to ensure that the grievances of these sections were redressed, though they did not have any reservation policy at present, they said.

The MPs, who also called on Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, said OBC associations in government departments have been maintaining that the reservation policy for them was not being implemented properly.

"The backward classes constitute more than 60 per cent of the population but their representation in the higher cadres of the government departments is very negligible," they said.

Bureau Report