Bhubaneswar, Jan 30 (LocalWire):A protest took place here on the 72nd Martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi demanding 27 per cent reservation for OBCs while taking admission into different central universities like I.I.Ts, I.I.Ms, and establish residential skill training centres in every district for OBC youths.
They’ve also demanded the Odisha government to provide the OBCs with 27% reservation in different government jobs before it releases 1,31,000 job vacancies. The OBCs are likely to lose almost 19,000 jobs at the present reservation which accounts to 11.25%.
The protesters also want the government to activate the OBC Finance Corporation which provides loans to entrepreneurs at lower interest.
Guided by Rabi Behera and led by Sudarshan and Sujata Barik, the protest demanded the inclusion of Odisha OBC Reservation Act (2008), unanimously passed in Odisha Assembly, in the IXth schedule of the constitution.
They have urged the MPs to raise their demands in front of the centre during the current session of the Parliament beginning from tomorrow and to urge them to pass it in the next budget session for the greater interest of the OBCs in Odisha.
The protesters also demanded 27 per cent reservation for the OBC students applying for admission into Adarsh Vidyalaya for the academic session 2020-21.
Behera told LocalWire, “The organization has resolved to take the movement further to colleges and universities in the coming session if the Odisha government does not confirm to their demands.”
Edited by Meenal Singh