Nawanshahr: There is a clamour for reservation by various general castes across the country to get the chunk of facilities given under the tagline of reserved category to lure the common man. Amidst the nagging voices at least there is one caste, that is of Sainis in Punjab who is opposed to it.
Saini community of the Nawanshahr area during a meeting held here on Tuesday not only rejected the decision of the Badal government to bring their community under the OBC category, but also vehemently condemned the decision. “We are going to submit a memorandum to the Governor through the Deputy Commissioner on Thursday regarding the matter as we strongly oppose reservations on the basis of caste,” informed social activist Jaspal Gidda to this correspondent on Wednesday. He added that the community holds the firm view that concept of reservations should be based on economic criteria and not on the basis of casteism. Gidda maintained that as Sainis, with their hard work and dedication, have now established themselves well in all fields including agriculture, transport, hotel industry etc, besides acquiring senior positions in government sectors not only in India but abroad as well, the community did not require any reservations. “Never did the community ever demand it or launched agitation for it,” said Gidda who criticised some political leaders from the community for raising such issues purely for political interests.
It needs to be mentioned here that a couple of months ago, a section of the community under the banner of Saini Vikas Manch and led by former Congress MP Charanjit Singh Channi who joined AAP recently and is now the party nominee for Nawanshahr seat, had held a convention in Dana Mandi here in May this year where a demand for reservation and allotment of tickets on the basis of population of the community was made.
As per Gidda, NRIs from the community too have opposed the decision of the state government vehemently and were urging the government to revoke its decision to bring them under the ambit of caste-based reservation.
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