Reservation for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Private Sector
12 December 2004
MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: I think we have to conclude this debate on this Resolution and then take up another Resolution. That is why I request all the hon. Members to stick to their time.
SHRI SHARAD ANANDRAO JOSHI (MAHARASHTRA): I will take less than two minutes, Mr. Deputy Chairman. The proposer of the Resolution is my good old friend and my guru in various respects, Mr R. S. Gavai. And I would not like to even make any reservation about any resolution that he proposes. I am very doubtful about the objective he wants to achieve. The National Common Minimum Programme has already accepted the principle of reservation in the private sector. At this point of time, suggesting or passing the Resolution in the name of Mr. Gavai will, certainly, put Mr Gavai’s name in the record books of history. But otherwise, the conclusion is given. The Hon. Minister, while replying, would certainly say that it is a part of the Common Minimum Programme and the Government has the intention of implementing it within a given specified time limit.
The second point that I would like to make is, as an agriculturist, when you talk of private sector, you are really meaning Videocon and you’re really meaning the TATAs. But, is not agriculture a private sector? If you say that the reservation should be made for a particular caste and a particular community, then, there is also the obligation to provide the people who want to be recruited to those posts. If that is the idea and if agriculture is considered as a private sector, then, I would say that I am prepared to employ all the unemployed people that you are prepared to do in the agricultural sector, provided you consider that employment in agriculture is employment in the private sector. Thank you very much.