Cong backs govt decision on SC/ST vacancies



New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday saw nothing wrong in the Union Cabinet's decision to fill pending vacancies of SC and ST in the central government in the midst of assembly elections in five states.

"Congress never takes any decision with an eye on elections but with the welfare of the people in mind. In a democracy, some election process is always going on," party spokesman Rashid Alvi told reporters.

He was asked whether the cabinet move to clear a proposal to fill the vacancies of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe in the central government was proper in view of the assembly polls. The move is expected to benefit around 50,000 people.

When pointed out that the proposal was hanging fire for the last two and a half years, he said, "Whenever some good decision is taken, it should be praised and not commented upon adversely".

The proposal, discussed and approved in the Cabinet meeting held here this morning, comes soon after the government decision to allow 4.5 per cent reservation to the minorities within the OBC quota.

Alvi dismissed as "absolutely wrong" the reported remarks of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi that the minority reservation in OBC category could be raised up to eight per cent from the 4.5 per cent decided by the government.

PTI