A day after Parliament approved 10 per cent reservation to upper caste poor, BJP ally Shiv Sena on Thursday expressed surprise asking where the job will come from. Sena also warned that if it is an election-driven move, then it will prove costly for the BJP
Citing example of reservation for Maratha community in Maharashtra, Sena says the question still remains that where are the jobs.
The Parliament had on Wednesday approved amending the Constitution to provide 10 per cent reservation to upper caste poor in government jobs and education.
The Sena, in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said “When those in power fail on the twin fronts of employment and poverty, they have to play the reservation card”. Sena warned “If this decision has been taken for votes, it will prove costly. After 10 per cent reservation, what about employment? Where will you get the jobs from?”
Around 80 to 90 lakh new job opportunities are needed every year to balance the employment rate in the country, but this calculation has been unstable for a while now, it noted.
In 2018, 2.8 crore people applied for 90 lakh jobs in Railways. Besides, for 1,137 positions in Mumbai Police, over four lakh people applied and many of the applicants had more educational qualifications than required, the Sena claimed.