Commemorating the first anniversary of Backward Class Centre for Empowerment, Hyderabad founded by Mr.T.Devender Goud M.P., a Social Justice Meet, was conducted on 6th September 2015 with the participation of the leaders and cadres of the organizations established for enabling Social Justice to the oppressed sections viz., Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, Women and Minorities in the society.

The Chief Guest of the Meet was Dr.K.Veeramani, President – Dravidar Kazhagam. The meet was presided over by Justice V.Eshwaraiah, Chairman -National Commission for the Backward Classes. Mr.V.Hanumantha Rao, Former Chairman – Forum of OBC Members of the Parliament Mr.Rapole Ananda Baskar, Member of the Parliament, Mr.Ponnam Prabhakar and Mr.Madhu Yasagi Former Members of the Parliament, Mr.J.P.Raju, President – Dalit Sena, Mr.Jahid Alikhan, Urdu writer and many other Social Justice stalwarts attended and addressed at the meet.

Mr.T.Devender Goud, Founder cum President of Backward Class Centre for Empowerment welcomed all the dignitaries and the audience. The excerpts of the speech of the dignitaries are as under :

Justice V.Eshwaraiah

In the Preamble of the Indian Constitution itself, dispensation of Social Justice has been emphasized. Social Justice is prioritized over the dispensation of economic and political justice. The criteria to avail benefits under reservation are based on only the social and educational backwardness. Economic backwardness is not at all a criterion for reservation constitutionally.

In respect of Backward Class reservation, concept of creamy layer is   a form of economic forwardness which is no where mentioned in the Constitution. To arrive at the category of creamy layer annual income exceeding Rs.1 lakh was the norm at the initial stages. Slowly the National Commission for the Backward Classes had advised in stages for the enhancement of the annual income limit to Rs.10 lakhs.

Based on that those who are above the annual income of Rs. 6 lakhs are categorised as creamy layer at present. While reckoning the annual income of the family of the candidates, the salary income must be excluded. This was advised by the National Commission for the Backward Classes and based on that Central Government has issued orders. In that way the spirit behind the criterion  for deciding the backwardness to avail reservation benefits was kept up to the possible extent.

Dr. K.Veeramani

In respect of the quantum of total reservation for all the eligible classes, there is no mentioning about its ceiling in the Constitution. The only mentioning in the Constitution is ‘adequate representation’. The 50 per cent ceiling for total reservation was pronounced as obiter dicta by the higher judiciary which does not have any Constitutional basis.

The philosophy of reservation is proportionate representation for the servile classes in the governance of the State. To overcome the pronouncement of the higher judiciary a separate legislation was enacted at Tamil Nadu State Legislative Assembly to ensure 69 per cent of total reservation with the due assent of the President of India. Besides the enacted legislation was placed in the IX Schedule of the Constitution to give to the Act immunity from judicial review.

For this purpose the Constitution was amended for the 76th time. Because of this enactment the 69 per cent total reservation continues in Tamil Nadu for which DK played the basic role. This is called as ‘Tamil Nadu Formula’ for its adoption by the other states which want to give proportionate representation, due to which the total reservation may exceed 50 per cent.

So far reservation in employment is implemented only in Government and Public Sector undertakings. In the present changing economic scenario due to globalisation, the scope of employment opportunities are coming down in Government and Public sectors. On the contrary employment opportunities in private sectors have been increasing. Under such circumstance to make the reservation implementation meaningful, it has to be introduced in private sector also.

To focus the attention of the political rulers, Dravidar Kazhagam would convene an exclusive Social Justice Conference demanding reservation in private sectors. All the social justice organizations functioning throughout the country would be mobilized and with their support the Social Justice Conference would be conducted. The future scope of implementation of reservation lies only in private sectors.

The endeavouring forces, toiling for social justice would be co-ordinated for the cause. This Social Justice Meet would commence the initiatives and efforts for convening the All India Conference demanding Reservation in Private Sector.

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