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Athawale – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

MYSURU: Union Minister for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale said here on Saturday that the Union government is considering increasing the reserve for SC/STs based on the 2011 census. He said that there was a growing demand from the Dalits to increase the quota and that the government was considering it. But there is a 50% cap set by the Supreme Court, he added.

Asked how the government passed an amendment to introduce a 10% reserve for the economically backward among the upper castes, he said the Narendra Modi government wanted to extend education and economic support to the poor, even among the upper castes.

Athawale, who is also the chairman of the Republican Party of India, admitted that including too many castes in the reserve list of the SC has hurt the interests of the untouchables. “For political reasons, there is a tendency to consider adding more castes to the SC/ST list. But it deprived the truly sick of the benefits,” he added.

He and the BJP and the government have distanced themselves from former minister and BJP leader KS Eshwarappa’s statement that economically affluent and politically connected Dalits should drop their reservations.

“It is an individual opinion and not that of the party. It should be noted that the Constitution guaranteed a reservation based on caste and income. If the untouchability ends tomorrow, there will be no question of reclaiming the reservation,” he said.

He condemned the recent incident of the family of a Dalit boy being fined for touching an idol in a temple at Ullerahalli in Malur taluk of Kolar district. “Such incidents and practices of untouchability do not happen in big temples, but in rural pockets and small village temples. Such incidents prompted Dr BR Ambedkar to embrace Buddhism,” he said added.

Asked about the thousands of SC/ST students who have been denied a scholarship due to a technical error and how many of them drop out of higher education without being able to pay the fees, he said: “The contribution of 60 % of the Center was released in July. I will write it to state authorities for them to review,” he said.

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Union Social Justice Minister Ramdas Athawale said here on Saturday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would return to power by winning 400 seats in 2024. He said it was not easy to replace a leader like Modi, who led everyone in building a new India and brought change across the country. He said Congress had lost ground and people had lost faith in Rahul Gandhi’s leadership. “Congress performed poorly under his leadership in Lok Sabha polls in 2019. Even if Kejriwal, Nitish, Pawar or Mamata come together, they cannot unseat Modi,” he said.

MYSURU: Union Minister for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale said here on Saturday that the Union government is considering increasing the reserve for SC/STs based on the 2011 census. He said that there was a growing demand from the Dalits to increase the quota and that the government was considering it. But there is a 50% cap set by the Supreme Court, he added. Asked how the government passed an amendment to introduce a 10% reserve for the economically backward among the upper castes, he said the Narendra Modi government wanted to extend education and economic support to the poor, even among the upper castes. Athawale, who is also the chairman of the Republican Party of India, admitted that including too many castes in the reserve list of the SC has hurt the interests of the untouchables. “For political reasons, there is a tendency to consider adding more castes to the SC/ST list. But it deprived the truly sick of the benefits,” he added. He and the BJP and the government have distanced themselves from former minister and BJP leader KS Eshwarappa’s statement that economically affluent and politically connected Dalits should drop their reservations. “It is an individual opinion and not that of the party. It should be noted that the Constitution guaranteed a reservation based on caste and income. If the untouchability ends tomorrow, there will be no question of reclaiming the reservation,” he said. He condemned the recent incident of the family of a Dalit boy being fined for touching an idol in a temple at Ullerahalli in Malur taluk of Kolar district. “Such incidents and practices of untouchability do not happen in big temples but in rural pockets and small village temples. Such incidents prompted Dr BR Ambedkar to embrace Buddhism,” he said Asked about the thousands of SC/ST students who have been denied a scholarship due to a technical error and that many of them drop out of higher education without being able to pay the fees, he said: “The contribution of 60% of the Center was released in July. I will write it to the state authorities for them to look into it,” he said. MODI WILL RETURN IN 2024, SAYS NDA ALLY Minister of Union Social Justice Ramdas Athawale said here on Saturday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would return to power by winning 400 seats in 2024. He said it was not easy to replace a leader like Modi, who has dragged everyone into building a new India and brought cha ments across the country. He said Congress had lost ground and people had lost faith in Rahul Gandhi’s leadership. “Congress performed poorly under his leadership in Lok Sabha polls in 2019. Even if Kejriwal, Nitish, Pawar or Mamata come together, they cannot unseat Modi,” he said.