LJP to hold three-day camp in Sarnath from tomorrow

New Delhi, April 1 (PTI) NDA ally Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party will hold a three-day social justice camp from tomorrow in Sarnath to reach out to Dalits in Uttar Pradesh where Assembly polls are due next year.

The North India conference of LJP’s wing Dalit Sena beginning in Sarnath will take up a number of issues related to empowerment of Scheduled Castes on the occasion of the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar.

The event will be followed by a similar two-day camp at Nagpur in Maharashtra on April 11 and 12.

The Sarnath conference will have presentations by scholars from various universities, including JNU and BHU, and discussions on employment opportunities for Dalits by the Dalit Chambers of Commerce.

“These camps will take up a number of pending issues related to the empowerment and welfare of Dalits. Another meeting of Dalit Sena will be held on March 14 to finalise the plans,” Paswan told PTI

Paswan said time has come for the SCs/STs to be given reservation in jobs in private sector as well as in judiciary.

“We demand strict implementation of Special Component Plan for SCs and Tribal Sub Plan so that these classes get their due. Dalit Sena also demands that the government pass an Act to give a proper Constitutional and legal framework to reservation and fulfil the long pending demand for quota in promotion,” the Union Minister said.

The plan is to organise social justice camps in various parts of the country under the banner of Dalit Sena which is chaired by Paswan’s younger brother Ramchandra Paswan.