Jammu, July 09, 2021: National Conference OBC Cell today sought implementation of the Mandal Commission Report in Jammu and Kashmir and coordinated efforts for execution of various schemes aimed at ameliorating the lot of weaker sections of the society, especially the Other Backward Classes.
“There has been slow pace on the implementation of welfare schemes for OBC segments of the society, which need priority attention of the Lt Governor’s administration”, Co-Chairperson of the Cell Mr Abdul Gani Teli said while addressing workers here.
Mr Teli recalled the relentless efforts made by National Conference led government under Mr Omar Abdullah as Chief Minister towards the welfare and empowerment of Other Backward Classes and said these received severe dent during the past few years. He stressed the need for achieving the targets for welfare of these communities in a time bound manner.
Mr Abdul Gani Teli listed various issues related to the empowerment of these communities and sought one time issuance of the OBC Certificate on the analogy of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe categories. He demanded political reservation to the OBC on the analogy of SC/ST. On the analogy of SC and ST at the time of issuing OBC Certificate income Certificate should not be mandatory.
“The legitimate demands of these communities have not received any serious attention during recent years”, he said and hoped these will merit considerate attention by the Lt Governor and the Advisor concerned.
The Co- Chairperson also sought nomination of members of OBC communities in various decision making bodies and Corporations, as at present these bodies are not being represented by this reserved category. He also expressed concern over fund starvation for the welfare schemes of OBCs in the SC/ ST / OBC Development Financial Corporation, saying this has retarded the momentum of welfare initiatives.
Mr Teli expressed serious concern over the non-functioning of OBC Development Advisory Board and demanded that earnest measures be taken to make it fully functional to satiate the urges and aspirations of the targeted beneficiaries.
Prominent among those present in the meeting included Mr D.D Mehra, Mr Ashok Kumar, Mr Shaid Mohd, Mr Monu Kumar, Mr Sunil Kumar, Mohd Munzamil and others.