Kathi Padma Rao blames Chandrababu for dropping reservations in Group II
Amaravati: Dalit leader and Navyandhra Party founder president Kathi Padma Rao on Saturday blamed Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for withdrawing reservations in the Group II recruitment in the State.
Padma Rao told media persons that withdrawal of reservations was against the spirit of constitution and would speak about the caste dominating attitude of Chandrababu Naidu. This decision would have an adverse impact on the future of the students belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, Minorities, women and differently abled persons, he said. He wanted the State government to restore reservations in the Group II and protect the right of the reservation candidates from getting government employment.
He alleged that Chandrababu Naidu was disinterested in having the candidates of weaker sections in the government offices. He alleged that both Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were adopting anti-poor policies. He alleged that the Central government too had denied entry of several reservation candidates to get the post doctoral fellowship in the country. He said that the Modi government had changed the norms for the post doctoral fellowship by insisting on first class degree for the SC, ST students that would deprive more than 98 per cent of the applicants.
Padma Rao said that the present education system does not give a chance for the SC, ST students to compete with the students from the forward castes who have access to English medium and other quality education. He further said that the SC and ST students have no access to the schools in the villages and have no transportation facilities.
He demanded that the government give cycles to the SC, ST students and girls from Class VI to prevent dropout in the villages. Besides, he also asked the government to ensure that the teaching quality is improved in the government schools, before setting revised standards for education and employment at the higher levels.