Bharat Bandh: Tribals, Dalits protest demanding ordinance to secure rights

Bharat Bandh , Dalit-Tribals
Bharat Bandh , Dalit-Tribals ; Image : IANS

New Delhi, March 5: Dalits, Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and tribal outfits took to streets in several parts of the country on Tuesday demanding the Narendra Modi-led government to promulgate ordinances to secure forest rights to Advasis, job security for ad hoc teachers.

The tribals were protesting a Supreme Court verdict of evicting more than 10 lakh families of Adivasis and other forest-dwellers from forest lands across 16 states.

Backed by several opposition parties including the Left, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, the Dalits, students, tribals protested against the University Grants Commission’s new 13-point roster system that will cut jobs for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the OBCs.

Under the new 13-point roster system, each department is taken as a unit for implementing recruitment and reservation policy for teachers.

While in the earlier system, the entire varsity was taken as a unit for reservation and recruitment.

On February 13, the top court had ordered eviction of tribals in unauthorized possession of forest land, but later on February 28 put the order on hold.

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