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Women’s Reservation Bill incomplete without OBC quota: Rahul


New Delhi, Sep 20: Expressing support for the Women's Reservation Bill in Lok Sabha, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday batted for its immediate implementation and said that the legislation is “incomplete” without provision for quota for OBCs.

Participating in a discussion on the bill, Gandhi also made a strong pitch for a caste census.

He claimed that out of 90 secretaries of the government of , only three are from the Other Backward Classes (OBC) and control only five per cent of the , which he said was an “insult” to the backward classes.

Gandhi alleged that the government likes to distract the attention of the people from the demand for caste census.

“I don't quite understand the reason. The moment the opposition raises the issue of the caste census, the BJP tries to create a new distraction, a new sudden event, so that the OBC community and the people of India look the other way,” he alleged.

Gandhi said he researched to understand the participation of the OBC community in various institutions of the country.

“Ninety secretaries are responsible for managing the core of the Government of India. And I asked myself the question how many of the 90 people come from the OBC community and I was shocked and shattered by the answer…Only three are from the OBC community and control only five per cent of the Budget,” he said.

“This is an insult and shame to the OBC community. So the question arises, how many OBCs, Dalits and Adivasis are there, and the answer to that is through the caste census,” he said.

Gandhi urged the government to bring the reservation for women into effect immediately, contending that census and delimitation were not required for it.

He also called on the government to change the situation where out of 90 secretaries only three are from the OBC community. “So, I urge you to get a caste census done. Release the data of the caste census we had gotten done and if you don't, we will do it,” he said.

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