‘Quota won’t guarantee employment’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Aug 2018 09:02:37



STATING that reservation will not guarantee employment as jobs are shrinking, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said there is a “school of thought” which wants policy-makers to consider the poorest of poor in every community.

Gadkari made the remarks, responding to reporters’ questions on the ongoing agitation by the Marathas for reservation and similar demands by other communities in Maharashtra.

“Let’s us assume the reservation is given. But there are no jobs. Because in banks, the jobs have shrunk because of IT. The government recruitment is frozen. Where are the jobs? “The problem with the quota is that backwardness is becoming a political interest. Everyone says I am backward. In Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, Brahmins are strong. They dominate politics. (And) They say they are backward,” the senior BJP leader said.

“So one school of thought is that a poor is a poor, he has no caste, creed or language. Whatever may be the religion -- the Muslim, the Hindu or the Maratha (a caste), in all communities there is one section which has no clothes to wear, no food to eat.  “One school of thought also is (that) we must also consider the poorest of the poor section in every community,” he said. This is a “socio-economic thinking” and it must not be politicised, the Minister said.

Maintaining that Maharashtra Chief Minister Fadnavis was trying to resolve the Maratha quota demand by holding talks, Gadkari urged people to maintain peace.
“The responsible political parties must not add fuel to the fire,” he added. The development, the industrialisation and the good prices for rural produce would ease the economic distress that the Maratha community is suffering from, he said.


Directs Deptts to work on NHs, PM schemes


THE Union Minister of Road Transport and irrigation Nitin Gadkari issued instruction to the concerned departments to take up various works incurring Rs 75,000 crore under the Prime Minister Irrigation Scheme within the stipulated time period, on Saturday. He addressed the meeting organised at Rama Hotel to take review of construction of national highways and the works being done under the Prime Minister irrigation schemes.

Gadkari issued informed that sanction was given for construction of 14.5 KM road incuring a cost of Rs 200 crore from Nagar Naka to Cambridge School. He also issued instruction to start process of acquiring land 19,000 hectare for making the Aurangabad- Jalgaon highway road so as to avoid accidents.

Underlining a need of solving problem of acute water shortage he asked to use sand and other minor minerals obtained from field lakes for the purpose. He informed that construction work of the bridge- cum Dam at 67 places will be completed.