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Quota of EBCs may be increased in Panchyati Raj institutions: Sushil Modi

Patna, Jan 24 (UNI) Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi today said reservation for Extremely Backward Classes (EBCs) may be increased in panchayati raj institutions as more than two dozen castes had been included in EBCs.
Mr Modi, while addressing a function organised to mark the birth anniversary of former Bihar Chief Minister and veteran socialist leader late Karpoori Thakur here in the state headquarters of BJP said that both Congress and RJD had let down backwards and they used them only for vote bank politics.
When Karpoori Thakur became Chief Minister in 1977, he gave reservation to backwards in government services and it could be possible as Kailashpati Mishra of Jansangh was a
minister in his cabinet, he added.
"Kaka Kalekar Committee was formed in 1952 and its report was submitted to the government in 1953 during the Congress regime at the Centre," Mr Modi said, adding that the then Congress government had not taken any action on the report which made a number of recommendations for welfare and development of backwards.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that Morarji Desai government which was formed with the support of Jansangh had constituted Mandal Commission committee but its report was not implemented for ten years when Congress was in power.
It was at last implemented by V P Singh government and later the NDA government also gave 20 percent reservation to EBCs in Panchayati Raj institutions and local bodies when it came to power in 2005, he stated.
Mr Modi said that two dozen more castes had been included in EBCs and their quota may be increased in panchayati raj and local bodies.
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