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Dalit federation demands quota in private sector

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KOCHI: The Kerala Dalit Federation has demanded implementation of reservation in the private sector. Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, the Federation State president P. Ramabhadran, said the federation would hold mass dharnas in front of Central Government offices in all district headquarters on June 17, raising this demand.

The federation protested against the recent statement by the Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Meira Kumar, that no legislation would be made to make reservation mandatory in the private sector. Mr. Ramabhadran alleged that the discussions held recently between the Minister and industrialists in New Delhi were an eyewash. The offers reportedly made by the industrialists to implement welfare projects for the SC/ST communities was part of a conspiracy to shirk the responsibility of giving reservation, he said.

The federation will organise a Jala Samrakshana Dharna in Kollam on July 11, in protest against the High Court ruling allowing the Coca-Cola company at Plachimada to draw water. He also demanded that the Government disclose the details about the job opportunities that would be available for SC/ST categories at the proposed Smart City coming up in Kochi.

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